Dorset Yarn from Dorset Sheep!

We are passionate about British Wool here at Made By Ewe, and we have recently tracked down some lovely local yarn from a farm just down the road from us here in Dorset.

Wite’s Wool is produced in the heart of the Marshwood Vale, at Whitchurch Canonicorum – what a great sounding place to live!  The yarn is produced by Hilary Joyce from Dorset Poll  ewes.  The sheep have distinctive white wool fleeces and a woolly face.

dorset poll

The sheep are an old breed and a  cross with merino sheep.  Hilary told me that their merino ancestors were thought to be survivors from the Spanish Armada, which swam ashore to the Dorset Coast. They can lamb at any time of the year and, when I visited the farm in the late summer, these lambs had just been born.


The yarn is named after St Wite, a medieval saint and woman of great wisdom and bravery, who walked the meadows on which the sheep graze.  The land, and  yarn,  is certified organic by the Soil Association

Dorset Poll yarn is well regarded for its high quality, and pure colour, which takes dye very well.  Although it is not exceptionally soft to the touch, it is very dense.  This means it will soften with wear and be hard wearing and durable.

wites wool 004

It is available in natural white, soft grey, nut brown and raspberry pink colours.  Vegetable dyes are used and the beautiful colours are nice and clear.  For a limited time, it is at the special offer price of £5.95 for 50g, from the Made By Ewe shop.


110m/119 yds

20sts and 28rows to 10cm

4mm needles

cool hand wash



About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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