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Jacob

Jacob

The striking two-coloured coats of Jacob sheep inspired us to create this unique yarn, with three distinct bases combining variations of the natural fleece colours. 

When the fleeces arrive at our mill, they are hand sorted by colour and selectively blended to achieve three undyed shades.  Then we add a bit of magic! instead of making a traditional marl by plying two or more shades of single yarns together, we combine the various blended shades during the spinning process to create much more subtle and contemporary marls.  The resulting glorious gradient of natural shades – Marlstone, Granite and Basalt – are each over-dyed in the same colours, so the transition from light to dark comes from the fleece itself. The only problem is limiting the range of the dye colours as we get three of each!

Even from the same sheep, the pale and dark Jacob fibres have different textures.  The lightest shades have wonderful drape and a subtle sheen, whereas the darker shades are more bouncy.  This subtle variation is one of the many joys of working with wool sourced directly from British producers.

This yarn comes in 4-ply and Double Knitting and is worsted spun giving it a smoother handle and wonderful stitch definition, making it ideal for garments and shawls.  Despite its smoothness, Jacob is also hardwearing enough for outerwear and accessories, even socks.  

The Jacob breed is believed to have come to the UK from the Middle East, possibly via Spain.  Spotted Jacob sheep can be seen in Egyptian wall paintings dated to 1800 BCE, making them one of the most ancient sheep breeds.  How wonderful to think that their fibre is still being used almost 4,000 years later.

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  • Pure Jacob 4-ply spun marl yarn

    The striking two-coloured coats of Jacob sheep inspired us to create this unique yarn, with three distinct bases combining variations of the natural fleece colours, which are then made into a spun marl, much more subtle than the traditional plied versions.. 

    The yarn comes in 4-ply and Double Knitting and is worsted spun giving it a smoother handle and wonderful stitch definition, making it ideal for garments and shawls.  Despite its smoothness, Jacob is also hardwearing enough for outerwear and accessories, even socks.  

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  • Pure Jacob White 4-ply Worsted Spun Knitting Yarn

    The historic Jacob sheep are famous for their horns and striking two-coloured coats of dark and light wool.  The breed is believed to have come to the UK from the Middle East, possibly via Spain.  Spotted Jacob sheep can be seen in Egyptian wall paintings dated to 1800 BCE.

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  • Op Art Shawl

    The Op Art Shawl features a play the traditional Old Shale Lace pattern, updated to create a shawl with a more modern construction and feel. The lace pattern distorts the stripes in a way that is reminiscent of the work of Bridget Riley, and so the name was born.

    FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 
    Wingspan: 208 cm / 82 inches

    Depth: 51 cm / 20 inches

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  • Stannum Cardigan

    The Stannum Cardigan is classic and wearable shape with simple construction, suitable for first-time garment knitters. This cardigan is worked from the top down with a seamless raglan construction, enabling you to try on as you work. If desired, adjustments can be made to the fit, and how to do this is explained within the pattern.

    FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

    Body Circumference:

    90.5 (101, 106, 112, 122, 124.5, 134, 144, 148) cm / 35.5 (40, 42, 44, 48, 49, 53, 56.5, 58) inches

    Body Length to underarm (short version): 
    36 cm / 14 inches in all sizes

    Body Length to underarm (long version): 
    51 cm / 20 inches in all sizes

    Further measurements are shown on Schematics, Page 3

    Designed to be worn with 2 - 4 inches of positive ease at high bust

    Model is wearing first size, and has 81 cm / 32 inch bust

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