Fleece and Fibre
Most of us know wool comes from sheep, and perhaps we think it is always white and all the same: this series of articles may make you think again!
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.
The lambs grow wool quite quickly and it is the finest and softest they will produce (even from Nathalie!).
So here they are last week:
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 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.
Teeswater x Dalesbred = Masham
Full of the joys of a New Year, I was pleased to see that the thinking people were busy. In January, both the Oxford Farming Conference (big guns, big business, big numbers, big results) is held, as is a newer alternative version called the Real Oxford Farming Conference (sustainability, innovation, new models, less is more).
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.
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.
Not just a pretty face, Harry added loads of value to my life!