Minimally processed and beautiful, Garthenor's yarns are produced to the highest organic standards. Garthenor's Number 03 is a two ply worsted spun DK weight yarn -- perfect for sweaters, blankets and accessories.
The Llanwenog is a medium sized sheep breed originating in West Wales with a short, fine, white fleece weighing on average 2-2½ kg. having a staple length of 6-10cm and a Bradford Count of 56 – 58. The breed was established by crossing Shropshire rams with the local, now extinct type of horned, blackfaced ewe from the Llanllwni area. Llanwenog is a very docile breed which makes for stress-free handling. The ewes readily take to in-wintering if required and the absence of the strong desire to wander, which occurs in other Welsh breeds, makes for easy shepherding.The number of purebred Llanwenogs has been decreasing in recent years and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust 2015 Watchlist show the number of registered breeding ewes has fallen below three thousand. The Llanwenog have returned to a Category 5 (Minority) after successfully progressed from the Watchlist categories in 2008.
Garthenor’s mission is to promote and provide a variety of sustainable, organic & British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. Every single product Garthenor produces is Certified Organic by The Soil Association to Global Organic Textile Standards. Their yarns are never dyed or bleached. There are only ever 2 substances that come into contact with the fibres during processing: a gentle detergent and a spinning oil. Both of these liquids have been approved the Global Organic Textile Standards, and are fully biodegradable. In 2003, Garthenor became the first fully certified organic yarn in the world.
This item is sold as a 50g ball, ready to knit. We only carry washed versions of this yarn, i.e oils used in the spinning process have been removed.