Marie Wallin spent two years developing the 26 colours of this beautiful yarn to be the perfect colour variations for Fair Isle knitting, whilst ensuring each colour stands alone with vibrance and depth to make single colour projects just as stunning.
A soft and bouncy 4 ply yarn worsted spun by John Arbon and his team in Devon, UK this yarn is quintessentially British showcasing the amazing qualities of 4 carefully selected British sheep breeds.
Carefully selected each different breed adds particular characteristics to the yarn; Bluefaced Leicester for softness; Exmoor Horn for it's idillic white fleece for colour vibrancy as well as added softness; Wensleydale for strength and lustre; added last is the un-dyed Zwartbles for unmatchable springiness and the beautiful melange toning.
Calico and Ivy staff love this for any Fair Isle project, making the most of the colour range and palette for scrumptiously soft colour work. We recommend projects from Marie Wallin's books, such as Cumbria as well as Dee Hardwicke's The Knitted Fabric: Colourwork Projects For You And Your Home and Fair Isle Weekend from Mary Jane Mucklestone and Laine Publishing.
Composition: 100% British Wool, a blend of Bluefaced Leicester, Exmoor Horn, Wensleydale and Zwartbles.
Length:85m (93 yds) per 25gm ball
Needle size: 3mm - 4.5mm depending on project
Gauge:28 sts & 29 rows to 10cm in Fair Isle knitting using 3.25mm needles 26 sts & 34 rows to 10cm in stocking stitch using 3mm needles
Care: Hand wash in cold water only, using a mild liquid detergent, suitable for delicate woollens and reshape whilst damp