Undyed organic wool knitting yarn - Chocolate Black Hebridean DK ball
from The Organic Wool Shop, Tamarisk Farm, Dorset

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Organic Chocolate Black Hebridean wool knitting yarn - DK ball - undyed

About Hebridean wool

Hebridean sheep at Cogden, Dorset - Organic Hebridean wool knitting yarn The fibre from the essentially black Hebridean sheep is variable across the fleece and from one sheep to another, from proper black to brown and even occasionally some light grey. Some parts of the fleece are quite kempy (that is, having thick, hair-like fibres) while some parts are nearly as fine as the Shetland. The staple is long, which allows a more relaxed spinning and contributes to its strength. The combination makes a yarn with a pleasant feel which is soft and springy to knit with.

Because of the kemp, this may not be your first choice for garments to go next to the skin of people with sensitive skins, but it can be excellent for harder wearing outer garments and gloves. The brown component of our Hebridean derives from the black wool bleaching to brown at the tips over the summer: altogether averaging to a rich Chocolate Black.

Hebrideans are very hardy and very good at grazing the poor quality food in our scrub. Being black and very individualistic sometimes makes them very difficult to find in the shadows there.

Undyed organic wool knitting yarn - Chocolate Black Hebridean DK ball

Undyed organic wool knitting yarn - Chocolate Black Hebridean DK ball

The Hebridean DK is a soft wool but not a smooth one. The longer fibres from the shaggy fleeces allow a more lax spinning which is comfortable to work with and the lustrous kemp gives it an extra texture and life. Double Knitting is probably the most all purpose of our yarns. It offers plenty of scope for all knitters and is an excellent thickness for children to work with.

If you want to experiment with natural colours to the full, this is the best yarn to choose as we have it in five Shetland colours and Cream (from the Dorset Downs), Chocolate Black (from the Hebrideans) and Tweed Grey (from the Jacobs). This means that there are many combinations available to you, from the subtle to the striking (see Tumbling blocks and DK colour sampler)

ColourChocolate Black
Ball size50g
Tension18 sts x 26 rows to 10cm over st st using size 8 needles

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