This limited-edition yarn is spun from the long and silky locks of the venerable Border Leicester. We made a loosely-spun 2-ply to encourage airy loft. The yarn blooms nicely after knitting—expect a soft, halo.
Border Leicester were developed as a formal breed in the UK in 1767 by George and Matther Cully, two forward-thinking brothers interested in improving the wool of local sheep. The animal has a curly fleece and is well-known for its arched Roman nose. The sheep is a longwool, with locks that grow to 6” when unshorn. Long fiber length makes for a sturdy yarn with soft luster, great for socks and other projects that call for a durable yarn. In North America, you find colored sheep as well as white, so we’ve blended fiber from both for a silvery oatmeal shade, then we slightly over-dyed a few skeins in a soft, misty green. We also over-dyed a few skeins in a deep summery blue, and we named it Gentian, after the wildflower.
Yardage: Approx 328 yds [300 m] /100g skein
Gauge: 6 sts per inch on size US 4 needle / 5.5 sts per inch on size US 6 needle
Fiber: Upstate New York
Spun: Upstate New York
Free Download of Fryeburg Socks by Pam Allen
This yarn includes an automatic free download of Fryeburg Socks, knit with one skein of Scour (MC) and one skein of Herb (CC), although Gentian would look nicely in these socks as well! A link to download the digital pattern will be emailed when your order is fulfilled!
Learn more about Border Leicester, the sheep and fleece, on our blog!