Gansey Yarn 5ply naturaly coloured 100% wool from ethicaly sourced black sheep in several Highland flocks

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Gansey Yarn 5ply naturaly coloured 100% wool from ethicaly sourced black sheep in several Highland flocks

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  • Materials: Primary fibre: Wool
  • Length: 250 metres

This is pure 100% wool 5ply Guansey type yarn sourced by me from several local flocks one fleece at a time.

I wanted a traditional Gansey yarn for many reasons, demand being one, but mostly because my family were involved in fishing for generations as well as crofting. I wanted undyed naturally coloured yarn for this because that was the "old" way, using fleece just as it came off the beasts, after all these were originally working garments. They later diversified with folks having "Best" jerseys for showing off their skills and demonstrating the evermore complex stitch forms folks were using. They did remain working items at their heart, I cannot think of my Grandad (father side) without one. That jersey is as central to my thoughts of him as the smell of pipe smoke and his gentleness. I should point out his jersey in my memory was out at the elbows a bit and worn at the cuffs, much to the affront of my auntie Hazel who he lived with in the Village. But then Grandad was still a working man until I think he was 86 being the chief of the inshore salmon fishing operation. he only stopped according to the story when on the day of the local Highland Games they went to work in the morning and caught a bumper catch, Grandad wanted to go for another trawl but the you lads who pulled the oars wanted to go to the games and buggerd off. Grandad took the huff and quit, spending years after complaining that they were doing it wrong. Memories all flooding into me all from thinking about that jersey and that great man who wore one as if it was his skin.

I wanted to start buying the "Black sheep" fleeces that exist in many flocks and are unwanted by the wool board. More fool them cos they are lovely. I had asked around for black Cheviot and got a good response, see my black Arran yarns, but I was also asked by other farmers about other various breeds. When I saw the quality I snapped them up. If the fleece was good I took them; Texel crosses from my cousin, Hebridean and Hebridean crosses from down at Lairg, mystery Black sheep from a 16y old scion of the Cogill farming dynasty, My neighbour Magnus's many black sheep of hard to identify breed (he just likes the black ones)and others who just came up to me at events across the North last year. Everyone met my standards for animal welfare and I thank them all for their contributions.

So I have this amazing diverse fleece and its just demanding to be made into something great so a marriage made in heaven. Guansey Yarn.

There's only 14kilos of this so very small batch. That total is the end product of nearly 50 kilos of raw fleece, once I sorted out the rough stuff I sent 28.5 kilos away but these were super greasy and lost 50% of their weight in washing and carding. But that selection process is essential to providing the best yarns for you.

And so to the yarn. As you can see its a fine definite grey-black, there are little if any discernible highlights of other colours. The yarn is fine and really quite soft, it would wear next to the skin, or at least next to mine. maybe I am optimistic but its finer than the cheviot yarns. There is a serious bounce and spring to this fibre giving its ideal stretch and rebound to anything tightly fitting, I think with care this will not sag out and loose its shape quickly.

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johnkevinregan 27 May, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Great yarn and wonderful customer service. Worth every penny!!!

OxfordMarion 21 May, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

The wool arrived promptly. It is a very dark brownish black (think 90% chocolate) with some lighter heathering. It smells beautifully woolly. I love the fact that Graeme knows the sheep that the wool has come from and that the sheep are well cared for. I am proud to support this ethical business.

Rachel Anderson 23 Jul, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous wool, good natural black colour throughout. Faint, pleasant sheepy smell It has a bit of halo, so could be good for Fair Isle or other colourwork, but this is destined for a traditional Geansaí!

naomeee 21 May, 2021

5 out of 5 stars