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Oxford Down Aran Yarn

Softness (of 1-3)*
firm
Fibre: medium
medium

Availability: In stock

£7.20

Details

Details

With Rare Breed Society support and careful breeding, the breed has recovered from Critical status and is now classified as At Risk.
Fibre medium
Breed Oxford Down
Ball/skein length Aran c.50g c.70m (c.76yds)
Yarn Thickness Aran
Finish: woollen or worsted Woollen
Package approx. 50g balls
Handle medium

Back Story

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With Rare Breed Society support and careful breeding, this breed has recovered from Critical status and is now classified as At Risk. This is the largest of the traditional English Downland breeds - really large! It usually takes more than one person to shear an Oxford Down sheep without hurting them as they are so big and heavy - adult rams weighing in at up to 140 kg, which is twice an average human adult. The sheep have brown faces and legs and a typical topknot on the head and do not have horns. They are sturdy and, due to their size, are used for cross breeding for meat production. The Oxford Down was developed in the 1830's by crossing Cotswold and Hampshire Down sheep, obviously getting the size from the Cotswold and the fleece style from the Hampshire. The bright white matt fleece, like all downland fleece, is bouncy and resilient, so works really well for things like gloves, hats and boot socks, or for thick warm pullovers and gilets. There is good stitch definition for cables, and a medium handle which will soften with age and washing.

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