Minimally processed and beautiful, Garthenor's yarns are produced to the highest organic standards. Garthenor woollen spun laceweight yarns have a slightly rustic nature, and they reach their full potential once they’ve been wet blocked – the way the fibres fill out and relax is simply stunning.
Knit this on some 5mm needles for some open and airy lace work, or switch to 1.5mm for a denser, tighter knit fabric. This laceweight yarn also works amazingly well knitted as two strands – either to create a single colour 4 ply gauge, or a custom marl.
These famously hardy sheep produce a wonderful double-coated fleece. Unlike most North Ronaldsay yarns, Garthenor decided against de-hairing to remove the longer guard hairs - after all, they tell the story of the breed's heritage. These coarser hair will gradually work their way out as you use, wash and wear the yarn, leaving behind a surprisingly soft and airy fabric.
Garthenor sourced the fleece for Croft from a small farm in Wiltshire, now no longer operating. As a result, they don't know if this is one we can spin again - so grab it while you can.
The stunning depth within the shade is achieved by blending together the fleeces from across the flock. From pale, pebble grey to almost black, the wonderful heathering brightens any garment.
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 skein. We are happy to wind the skein into a ball for you (just leave us a note to do so in the comment box). Please note that all skeins once wound into a ball are non-refundable. We only carry washed versions of this yarn, i.e oils used in the spinning process have been removed.