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.
Manx Loaghtan are a striking, primitive breed. They can normally be spotted a mile away with their magnificent horns (sometimes as many as six!), and their rich moorit fleeces. In the 1950s, there were as few as 100 Manx left, but their resurgence has been championed by a small number of dedicated breeders – though they still remain among the very rarest among the British breeds. The short staple length of Manx Loaghtan generally means it’s unsuitable for worsted spinning, but for woollen spun yarns like this one, it’s absolutely perfect. The soft handle means it’s suitable for use against the skin, and the scrumptious “Lhost dhoan” (burnt brown) colour from which their name comes is widely sought after.
Lleyn wool is of high quality, white fibred and does not carry any natural faults such as red, grey or black fibres. The Lleyn fleece has won the Golden Fleece Supreme Championship at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society show a number of times and has also been placed first at the Australian Wool Fair. The sheep have derived their name from the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales where a large number of these pure bred sheep were to be found prior to the second world war. By the late 1950s there were only a small number of purebred breeders left and the breed’s current success owes a great deal to those few stalwarts, having been classed as a rare breed in 1960.
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.