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.
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.
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.
20sts and 28rows to 10cm
cool hand wash