Introducing Langsoond!

If you have been following me on Instagram or have seen my newsletter and last blogpost you will know that I have been working on my own yarn and now its time to let you see it (I am feeling very excited - it has been hard to keep this to myself for so long)!

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Langsoond is a double knit weight, woollen spun yarn in 4 different natural, undyed shades and is 100% wool from Shetland sheep.  Each skein of yarn is 100g, 220m/238yds.  All the fleece either came from my Dad's flock (from the croft that I live on) or from my neighbours' flocks.  This first batch came from the 2016 clip.

Skeins stacked up in the studio

Skeins stacked up in the studio

Langsoond DK yarn in four natural shades

Langsoond DK yarn in four natural shades

Waiting patiently in the cro (pen) to be clipped.

Waiting patiently in the cro (pen) to be clipped.

Once the sheep had been clipped, I sorted the fleeces by going over each one individually (on a make shift sorting table made from a piece of wire mesh held up by two workmates), removing any vegetation, soiled and felted areas and sorted them into different colours.

Fleeces waiting to be sorted (in an old quilt cover!)

Fleeces waiting to be sorted (in an old quilt cover!)

The fleeces were put into sacks and shipped away on a pallet to the Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall who have done an amazing job of spinning it and I must say they should be praised for their excellent customer service!

I have chosen the name "Langsoond" as the name for the yarn - "Langsound" is the stretch of water that runs along the East coast of Burra Isle, which the croft overlooks.  The land straight ahead (to the left of the photo) is the island of Trondra, with Quarff in the distance behind it.  In Shetland dialect we pronounce the "ou" in sound as "oo" so I have gone for the phonetic spelling.

Some of the Shetland sheep on the croft looking over Langsound

Some of the Shetland sheep on the croft looking over Langsound

There is so much to do when producing yarn, as well as getting shipped away from spinning I have been working with a designer on a new logo and labels, even choosing the right colours for the label has taken a lot of time!  I have been working on three designs to accompany the yarn, patterns that use one, two and three skeins of yarn, the patterns are being finalised and I will show you these very soon.  There will also be project bags and stitch markers to compliment it which I am also really excited about!

Working on patterns to accompany the yarn

Working on patterns to accompany the yarn

The yarn will go on sale at the Shetland Wool Week Makers Market in Isleburgh Community Centre on Saturday 30th September, and I will put what is left over in my online shop afternoon that date.  Please note there are limited supplies, but I have the fleece from this year's clip ready to be sorted for the next batch, so if you miss out this time, there will be more coming in a few months time. 

I will be back again soon to speak about the individual shades and what I have named each one (get ready for a lesson in Shetland dialect!).

Cheerio for now!