Undyed organic wool knitting yarn - Cream Dorset Down Aran ball
from The Organic Wool Shop, Tamarisk Farm, Dorset

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Organic Cream Dorset Down wool knitting yarn - Aran ball - undyed

About Dorset Down wool

Hebridean sheep at Cogden, Dorset - Organic Hebridean wool knitting yarn Our Dorset Down sheep were not chosen for their wool quality. We have them because they are a local breed which suit our farming need for a hardy sheep which grow well on our difficult ground. Dorset Downs have become quite uncommon, so we chose them over the also local Polled Dorset.

When we started the wool enterprise, we decided that it was worth having some spun as an experiment even though the wool is of quite short staple and not considered very exciting for the purpose. When it arrived back at the farm we were surprised and thrilled: it turned out to have a rich cream colour and is a robust, resilient wool, very well suited to outdoor clothing. It looks great knitted up in simple patterns perhaps with a bit of interesting texture and it lends itself well to patterns involving cables. (see Child's waistcoat)

Undyed organic wool knitting yarn - Cream Dorset Down Aran ball

This is the lighter of the two thicknesses which we have in Dorset Down wool, and it is rather the softer of the two. It is still substantial and despite being a fairly thick wool and therefore quick to knit, I would not recommend it as a yarn for a beginner. It looks very good with textures but is not forgiving of small errors or variety in tension.

We also have this thickness of wool in Tweed Grey from the Jacob sheep and Chocolate Black from the Hebridean sheep, so if you want to work with colours, there are combinations available to you which are particularly good for simple stripy patterns or strong fairisle patterns.

Undyed organic wool knitting yarn - Cream Dorset Down Aran ball

If you are less experienced and I have put you off this wool by writing about its somewhat unforgiving response to small errors, have in mind that the cream makes an excellent contrast colour in small amounts for either the Tweed Grey Jacob and Chocolate Black Hebridean, both of which are softer and easer yarns for larger pieces of knitting.

BreedDorset Down
ColourCream
ThicknessAran
Ball size50g
Length70m
Tension
- standard
16 sts x 23 rows to 10cm over st st using size 7 needles
Tension
- relaxed style
14 sts x 19 rows to 10cm over st st using size 4 needles

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