British Breeds taster pack with Sue Blacker's book, Pure Wool
Blacker Yarns, in Launceton Cornwall, specialise in breed specific yarns and love to celebrate the diversity of British sheep breeds, from lustrous Wensleydale to rare and rustic North Ronaldsay.
If you're interested in learning more about the differences in handle between the various breeds, then this taster pack, with 6 50 grams ball of assorted yarn, and the accompanying book, Pure Wool, will give you the foundation for expanding your knowledge.
This book builds on their years of experience of spinning and making yarns from the fleece of specific sheep breeds. The characteristics of breed specific yarns vary according to the type of sheep providing the fleece and so they have created descriptions and given information about the sheep and the yarns they produce, along with patterns specially designed to take advantage of the yarn style.
Sue also provides information on sheep husbandry, fleece production and spinning, as well as tables showing the key characteristics of sheep, the yarns from the fleeces, suitability for dyeing and also advice and options on using the patterns for yarns from other breeds.
There are 22 patterns exclusive to this book!
ERRATA:(see also Ravelry)
Due to an error in Row 4, there is a complete re-write of the Gotland Autumn Leaves Beret (pages 65-66) - please download from our Free Patterns, or contact us for a free email version.
There are minor corrections for the Manx Loaghtan Zig-Zag Scarf (pages 92-94) - the written instructions and the chart as shown would produce a rib, rather than a moss stitch edge - please contact us for information if you need more. Row 2 should begin sl1, p1, k1, p1 and end p3, p1, k1, p1, k1. This will set the single moss stitch border correctly.