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Yarn by Breed

Yarn by Breed

People come to us from all over the world for our range of breed specific knitting yarns.  For over a decade we have been tracking down these individual British breeds - mostly from farms in the UK along with our special links to producers based in the Falklands.  Some of these breeds are scarce, others are more common and could be found just a few miles away from your home.  All are wonderfully unique, so don't miss out! 

We offer a variety of breed specific yarns in both dyed and natural shades.  Six of the more popular breeds are always available in our permanent collection: Blue-faced Leicester, Jacob, Gotland, Mohair Blends with Hebridean or Manx Loaghtan and Shetland.  If you are looking for something a little different then please take a look at our Limited Edition breeds, which come and go, much like a guest ale, so there is always something new and exciting to try. 

For more detailed information on TENSION/GAUGE, please refer to the 4-ply and finer, 5-ply guernsey yarns, Double Knitting, Aran and Chunky pages which give data on needles and swatches

You will see, when you get to each individual yarn product page, that we have added some icons to attempt to describe the yarn handle for you.

- There may be one, two or three little sheep symbols - the more sheep, the softer the yarn! 
- There is also an icon which shows the type of fibre, graded in three types from coarser to medium to finer.

It is possible to have soft yarns from coarser fibres, so we hope the combination of these symbols will aid your choices.

To find out more about how fleece varies from one breed of sheep to another, go to Meet the Animals.