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A pure Castlemilk Moorit yarn marks the first release for our new range, Seventy-Two. Gathered during summer 2017 from shepherd's across England, including my Father, the fibre has been woollen spun to a DK weight at a traditional, family-owned mill in Yorkshire.
The earthy tones of burnt caramel and dark spice with flashes of silver give the yarn a natural melange and add movement to finished fabrics. The yarn itself is plush and bouncy and when knitted becomes a light yet resilient fabric perfect for layering garments such as sweaters, cardigans and vests, whilst also being ideal for large shawls, blankets and cosy accessories.
We have found the yarn is suited to 20 stitches over 10cm on a 4mm needle for stocking stitch, giving a flexible and functional fabric. However, when knit on a 4.5mm needle at 18 stitches over 10cm this opens the fabric for a gauge more suited to heavily cabled patterns. At the other end of the scale, the wool is happy to be knitted on a smaller needle to condense the stitches for firmer fabrics. The spin matches our Ram Jam yarn so you can adjust the gauge of either to play with natural colour pattern combinations.
Rachel's passion for the importance of provenance, collaborating with both shepherds, mills, designers and weavers has been a wonder to watch unfold over the last few years. We love her, her yarn and her story. See more of her story on our youtube channel as well as our Instagram TV channel.