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At Wooltops we spin a beautiful double knitting natural, creamy Wensleydale yarn.
The fibre has many great characteristics.
The Wensleydale sheep originates from North Yorkshire around the early 19th Century.
It is believed they all descended from a potent ram named 'Bluecap\ who was a cross of a Mug Ewe (a long since extinct local longwool breed from the region of the River Tees) and a New Leicester Ram.
Wensleydale fibre is lustrous and has a long staple. It is very shiny and the fibre has distinct long curly ringlets. The quality is consistent throughout the whole fleece. Some of these qualities mean the wool does not felt well.
Because of the fab staple length (7 - 12 inches) the fibre can be spun low twist and creates a yarn that maintains lustre, character and amazing drape.
Although the micron count does not lend to an obvious soft and silky yarn, do not be fooled, the fibre is versatile and fabulous and perfect for hand dying.
You can find our double knit Wensleydale right here.