British Breeds

£5.75 per 25g ball.

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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.

 

4 new colours, Corncockle, Thistle, Evergreen and Dahlia will launched on the 1st December 2020.

 

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British Breeds

Gift Box Edition 2

£120.00

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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.

 

Mulberry Wrap

Forest Tam

Glade Cowl

Glen Fingerless Mittens

Meadow Mittens

British Breeds Yarn Retailer Stockists

UK

Baa..!

Stonehaven

www.baawool.co.uk

Tel: 01569 668298

Folklore Yarns

Belfast

www.folkloreyarns.com

Tel: 07825157236

Hoop Haberdashery

Tenterden

www.hoophaberdashery.co.uk

Tel: 01580 388011

Natural Knitter Wool Shop

Northallerton

facebook/Natural Knitter Wool

Tel: 01609 760348

The Lace Knittery

Ilminster

www.thelaceknittery.com

Email: thelaceknittery@outlook.com

Tribe

Richmond-upon-Thames

www.tribeyarns.com

Tel: 020 8940 0999

Sweden

60 Garner Nord

Lindome

www.60garnernord.se

Tel: 0708-728585

Kärringträtans garn

Tystberga

www.karringtratansgarn.se

Tel: 0736-807990

Tant Hulda

Lund

www.tanthulda.se

Tel: 0727-199040

Wincent garnbutik

Stockholm

www.wincentgarner.se

Tel: 0468-337060

Norway

Norwegian Spirit

Bergen

www.norwegian-spirit.com

Tel: 941 66 311

UniQ Garn AS

Trondheim

https://uniqgarn.no

Tel: 973 37 531

Denmark

Flittiglise

Esbjerg

www.flittiglise.dk

Tel: +45 30 73 93 70

Germany

Atelyeah

Mönchengladbach

www.atelyeah.info

Tel: 02161 5675267

Strickfairliebt

Grünberg

www.strickfairliebt.de

Tel: +49 1514 0093876

UmGarnt

Coberg

www.umgarnt.de

Tel: 01512 7080445

Wolle & Design

Stadtlohn

www.wolleunddesign.de

Tel: 02563 98208

France

Laine et Tricot

La Chapelle sur Erdre

www.laine-et-tricot.com

Email: gwenola@laine-et-tricot.com

Netherlands

De Afstap

Amsterdam

www.afstap.nl

Tel: 020 623 1445

Belgium

De Roopoorte

Nazareth

www.deroopoorte.eu

Tel: 09 380 84 64

Luxembourg

Compagnie des Laines - Woolinspres

www.woolinspires.com

Tel: 621 460 004

Slovakia

Zebrapatchwork

Bratislava

www.vlnobranie.sk

Tel: +421 905 664 859

USA

For Yarn’s Sake

Beaverton, Oregon

www.foryarnssake.com

Tel: 503 469 9500

Strings Attached Yarns

Dayton, Ohio

facebook/stringsattachedyarns

Tel: 937 221 9585

The Elegant Ewe

Concord, New Hampshire

www.elegantewe.com

Tel: 603 226 0066

The Woolly Thistle

Lebanon, New Hampshire

www.thewoollythistle.com

Email: hello@thewoollythistle.com

Canada

Black Sheep Yarns

Port Moody, British Columbia

www.blacksheepyarns.ca

Email: helen@blacksheepyarns.ca

Australia

Sunspun

Canterbury, Victoria

www.sunspun.com.au

Tel: 3 9830 1609

Taiwan - Distributor

Yarntex Corporation

New Taipei City

www.rachelhandmade.com

Tel: 886-2-26666089

China

Yarn It Store,

Shen Zhen

www.shop365947773.m.taobao.com

Tel:  +86 18682081462

Japan

K2tog Yarn and Handmade

Warabi City, Saitama

www.k2togyarn.shop

Tel: +81-50-5359-3567