Fleece and Fibre

Creating a new yarn range: Samite

4 March, 2017 - 10:55 | Sue Blacker

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As many of our avid readers will know, we have been working on a new Blacker yarn range, being launched this month!   This is a permanent addition to our ranges, designed to complement the others, providing a further range of textures and fabrics, a luxurious feel and adding to our colour palettes.   The colour cards are available right away and the full launch is on 23rd March, 2017.

 

Uses for waste wool

6 June, 2016 - 13:00 | Lara Pollard-Jones

In the UK we use as much of our wool as possible and try to waste the minimum amount.  To this end, the best and softest fibres are used for clothing, knitwear, knitting and weaving yarns.  More coarse fibres are used in the production of carpet yarns.  Any processing waste such as yarn ends or substandard fibre can be used in the production of felted underlay and insulation.

Mules and Mashams

23 May, 2016 - 11:00 | Lara Pollard-Jones

Mules and Half Breds are the most common type of sheep in the country and make up a large majority of our commercial flocks.  They are good mothers and can carry twins, triplets or even quads!  They produce fast-growing, lively lambs which makes them perfect for the commercial meat market.  As well as this, some types of Mule also produce high-quality fleeces due to the rams that have been used as sires.

 

Tamar: a river and the tale of a yarn

8 February, 2016 - 09:01 | Sue Blacker

It seems that this watery story is timely, though sadly not everyone is in a position to appreciate the sheer amount of water around the UK at present.  Our thoughts are with those who have suffered flooding and those trying to keep their sheep from growing webbed feet.

Alpaca Origins

28 December, 2015 - 11:00 | Lara Pollard-Jones

Alpacas are a South American camelid and are often confused with Llamas; though both come from the same area they are different species of the Camelidae family.  Alpacas have been kept for thousands of years, for both their high quality fibre and their low fat meat.  It is fair to say that Alpaca meat is still not widely available in the United Kingdom, but is known for being low in fat and cholesterol as well as high in protein; it has been marketed as the ‘healthy’ alternative to beef.

The Bluefaced Leicester

12 October, 2015 - 15:32 | Lara Pollard-Jones

The Bluefaced Leicester is one of the most well known sheep breeds in the UK today, and arguably one of the most important.  Easily recognisable with its aquiline nose, pronounced ears and deep blue skin it is popular for crossing and is used as a terminal sire for nearly 50% of the UKs commercial breeding flock.  Its popularity as a terminal sire, however, has led to a divide within the breed with two distinctly different looking types.  This has led many to call for the Bluefaced Leicester to be divided into two distinct breeds, the traditional and the crossing-type.

What's in a name? Weights of fleeces

12 October, 2015 - 15:21 | Lara Pollard-Jones

Fleece has always played an important part in farming, and the wool trade is currently relatively strong after a lengthy depression.  Just as there are specific words for counting sheep (Yan, tan, tethera, etc) there are also words that are used for counting weights of fleece.  These are no longer used today but were vitally important when farmers were selling their fleeces.  7lbs of fleece is a clove, two cloves are a stone.  Two stones are a tod, six and a half tods are a wey.  Two weys are a sack and 12

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