November 25, 2019

For the past three years I have been gathering together the fleeces from the Shetland sheep from our croft in Burra, Shetland as well as from several of our neighbours and from crofts in the surrounding area. Each year I have sorted them into their natural sheepy colours and have sent them away to the Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall to get spun. Every year the shades of yarn I get back are different due to the natural colours of the sheep. This year I had more coloured fleece so the Langsoond yarn this year is available in 5 lovely rich contrasting shades.

Shetland Black
Moorit (Mid Brown)
Urmalee (dark grey with a brown tinge, named after a stoney beach five minutes walk from the croft)
Stane (light grey, stone is Shetland dialect for stone):
Keksie (natural Shetland white, Keksie is Shetland dialect for hogweed, a roadside plant with creamy coloured flowers)

The yarn is a double knit (DK) weight and comes in 100g skeins (220mm/238yds). You can buy it now on my online shop here.

I am already working with the fleece from this year’s clip, I still have lots of fleece to sort through and then will send it away soon to be scoured, carded and then spun for the next batch of yarn.

Many thanks to our neighbour Liam for clipping the sheep this summer!

Waiting patiently to get rid of those fleeces:

There is some naturally dyed yarn left in the online shop although because it is dyed in small amounts and is in limited quantities, some has already sold out. I usually send out a newsletter to my subscribers before I announce the shop update on social media, so to be sure you don’t mss out next time you can sign up to my newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Happy Knitting!

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