Please help me create a beautiful new line of British yarn.
Autumn is a worsted spun, 4ply (fingering weight) blend of Bluefaced Leicester (75%) and Gotland (25%), each skein will be 100g and run around 380-400 meters (this will be more precise once yarn is produced).
The bluefaced Leicester
The Bluefaced Leicester is a long wool sheep with a lustrous, curly and fine wool, rivaled in softness only by Merino. Due to these ringlet like curls, BFL wool is a bit less elastic, less fluffy and has less memory, but that also means it has great shine and drape.
Also, due to the wool scale shape, it's resistant to felting!
The natural colour of the yarn is an offwhite (yellow base).
Onto the Gotland...
The Gotland sheep is a beautiful silver to dark grey, which runs as a true cool toned grey. With springy ringlets and a fine shine, Gotland wool knits into a lightweight and warm fabric.
By introducing the Gotland wool, the yarn will have a soft halo and extra loftiness which the BFL lacks. Along with this, the lustrous sheen brings out the natural grey tones and gives a unique colour palette when being over-dyed. I recently learnt that grey sheep were being bred out as their colour is less valuable than white, however I think that is quite the shame as it adds a depth of colour that you can't get with flat bases.
What to expect
- Great drape
- Lustrous shine, accentuating the grey tones
- True grey colour
- Durable and warm fabric
- Soft halo and loft
- Dynamic depth of colour introduced by over-dyed bases
One of the biggest positives of this project is also one of it's negatives. While it's really exciting to create a yarn base that is not being used, it also means we don't have a sample of the exact colours.
I've put together an colour board for each one, you'll be flying a little blind here but that's 1/2 the excitement!
Storm - Natural grey, each batch will be slightly different due to the varying amounts of grey tones but will look very similar to this sample of Gotland (25) and BFL (75)
Maple - A yarn can't be called Autumn without a beautiful Maple red
Olive - Inspired by the greenish grey of Olive and Eucalyptus leaves
Lapis - Intense blue of Lapis and Seaglass
Amber - This yellowish orange is really hard to pin down! This one might be the biggest surprise.
How long will this all take
If we book into the schedule this month the yarn is estimated to be ready early to mid dec. Those who pick the 100g skeins + will receive their items first as they simply need packaging, those who opt for the sample amount may have to wait till January as these will need to be unwound and sorted.
How professional can we expect this to be?
We are using a mill based in Yorkshire with a long and respected history of creating yarns, we've worked closely with them discussing blends and ideas.
We're also looking at being able to use the Pure Wool logo and the British Wool Crook so you can be sure of the quality.
Skein labels will also be professionally made to a high standard, branding is important as we'd like this yarn to be a success and have further batches made!
100% British made and owned. We're proud to keep things local, in fact, we estimate this yarn will have under 100 miles of transport total to get to us.
Risks and challenges
It's super exciting to pick up a new yarn, but this one is untested on a large scale. I have a small swatch amount, which has been treated awfully and it still looks nice, I expect this can be replicated.
With kickstarter you do not pay unless the amount is for-filled, however I am asking for a very low amount and hope that this is reached.
This project is less about the funding and more about having people get involved in the process and try a new yarn at a discounted price.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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