From Start to Finish
The Little Grey Sheep Yarn is made with love. From lambing, through rearing then shearing, each fleece is hand sorted, washed, spun and hand dyed. Passionate attention to detail is our motto. Fr
A fabulous new yarn from The Little Grey Sheep.
We had a problem.
After Susie shearing, and us both hand sorting over 400 fleeces from our fine wool flocks, we ended up with a batch of fibre which did not meet the minimum 75mm length required for worsted spinning. But what to do? we couldn't bring ourselves to not use this luxurious, lustrous fine wool, but it couldn't be added to our current yarn. So as my Nan use to say, 'When in doubt hoard it' So we stored it.
Susie an experienced shepherdess and award winning shearer, spends the summer months shearing small flocks of traditional British breed sheep. Susie was very concerned as this beautiful fibre was going to waste. These farmers had small flocks, which were truly loved and cared for, but were not producing enough fleece to warrant it being spun.
So we hatched a plan, to work with these farmers, and produce a blend from the county we call home. It was to be a truly British yarn, traditionally woollen spun and produced in Yorkshire. Working alongside skilled artisans that bring the heritage of Yorkshires historic textile industry into the modern era.
The Hampshire is a scrumptious lofty yarn, with good stitch definition. Once blocked the fabric blooms and has a silky quality which only improves with wear. Just right for a snuggly cardigan or a colour work project. The colours are based on the natural colours of our home county, working with the variegated base rather than trying to obliterate it with saturated colour.