£5.75 per 25g ball.
British Breeds has taken two years to develop into the beautiful, soft, bouncy 4 ply yarn that it is today. Worsted spun in Devon by John Arbon and his wonderful team, British Breeds is now available in sixteen shades - it took a long time to finalise the colour palette as I had to be sure that all sixteen colours work well together in Fair Isle knitting but also that each shade is a beautiful individual colour for single colour knitting.
British Breeds is made from four different British sheep breeds: The wool fibre from each breed adds a certain characteristic to the yarn; Bluefaced Leicester adds the beautiful softness, Exmoor Horn adds the softness too but this sheep produces a white fleece therefore adding a ‘cleaness’ to the blended tops making for more successful dyeing. Wensleydale adds the strength and lustre and Zwartbles adds the bounce or springiness. To produce the yarn, the Bluefaced Leicester, Exmoor Horn and Wensleydale wool fibres are first blended together and then dyed into various coloured tops. These coloured tops are then blended together using a ‘recipe’ to create each of the 16 base colours. Each colour base is then blended with the undyed Zwartbles fibre creating the lovely mélange effect. Once the yarn is spun it is sent to Edward Hill’s Ltd in Bradford to be steam relaxed and balled into 25g balls. The steam finishing ‘opens up’ the yarn creating the full, light appearance and handle.
British Breeds has an approximate length of 85m (93 yds) and a tension of 28 sts & 29 rows to 10cm measured over Fair Isle knitting using 3.25mm needles. On stocking stitch the tension is 26 sts & 34 rows to 10cm using 3mm needles. To care for your British Breeds garment or accessory, please hand wash in cold water only, using a mild liquid detergent, suitable for delicate woollens and reshape whilst damp.
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Eau de Nil
Gift Box Edition 2
The new British Breeds Gift Box Edition 2 is the perfect opportunity to knit all 16 glorious colours in the current British Breeds yarn range. The gift box contains one ball of each of the 16 colours of British Breeds, the pattern booklet for the Mulberry Wrap, the accessory pattern booklet containing 4 exclusive designs from the original Gift Box Edition 1 and a Marie Wallin calico project bag. All this is presented in a high quality, re-useable gift box which has a magnetic ribbon closure. Also included is the downloadable PDF versions of both pattern booklets once your order has been shipped.
The Mulberry Wrap is a new Fairisle design and exclusive to this gift box and will not be available anywhere else. The wrap uses all 16 colours in the box and can be worn in different ways as shown below. The Edition 1 accessory booklet contains 4 exclusive designs which are knitted in the original 12 colours of British Breeds and are the perfect projects for using up any left over yarn.
Glen Fingerless Mittens
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Taiwan - Distributor