Undyed organic wool knitting yarn - Moorit Shetland 4 ply ball
from The Organic Wool Shop, Tamarisk Farm, Dorset

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Organic Moorit Shetland wool knitting yarn - 4 ply ball - undyed

About Shetland wool

Ellen with one of our Shetland sheep - Organic Shetland wool knitting yarn One of the joys of having Shetland sheep on the farm is that they are pretty, delicate looking sheep with a wide variation in colour. Their wool is the finest fibre we have on the farm so it is more suitable for knitting for babies and people with sensitive skins than our other wools.

We have five different colours of Shetland wool, all from the natural fleece colours of our Shetlands, sorted and carded to get a good range, from the rich brown of the moorit sheep through the delicate fawn and silver grey to the clean white, now an uncommon colour for Shetland sheep.

Undyed organic wool knitting yarn - Moorit Shetland 4 ply ball

Moorit is the northern name of a rich red-brown colour, typical of several native breeds of sheep. As 4ply, I have enjoyed this most as a contrast colour to the White Shetland and the Chocolate Black Hebridean, both of which give a sharp, bright effect. This can be particularly striking on the leg part of pairs of socks. (see Leila's socks)

Undyed organic wool knitting yarn - Moorit Shetland 4 ply ball

Shetland 4 ply is our yarn that is best suited for light lacy fabrics. Traditional Shetland lace shawls were made of a single ply called fingering and were so fine that they could be passed through a wedding ring!

This 4ply is our finest wool but is not as thin, so your shawl may not thread through your ring. Nonetheless, it gives some of the same feeling of delicacy in the fabric and is very warm for its weight.

We have also found its softness very comfortable for socks, but as it is pure wool you will find it worth remembering (or if you are under about 50 years old, learning) how to darn. One solution is to reinforce the heels with our harder wearing Hebridean wool. These are creative activities for which you can make use of the range of colours!

Thickness4 ply
Ball size50g
Tension27 sts x 32 rows to 10cm over st st using size 10 needles

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