I'd like an obnoxiously sarcastic Shiraz - 100% Highland Wool
Fibre: 100% Highland Wool - Non-Superwash
Weight: Double Knitting / light worsted/ 8 ply / 11 wpi (4 ply construction)
Meterage: 225m / 246y per 100g / 3.5 oz skein
Recommended needle size: 3.25mm - 4.5mm depending on the fabric you require for your project.
For jumpers: 3.25mm - 4.0mm
For shawls: 4.5mm - 5mm (creates a looser fabric with more drape)
This wine red with plum base tones semi-solid is a deliciously cheeky red with a fruit forward presentation and lovely smooth finish. Pairs beautifully with oranges, blues, black, greys...well, it just pairs nicely! Maybe also with a little bit of cheese, or a robust fruit pud, whatever little treat enhances your crafting quality time.
Highland wool comes from Corriedale/Merino crosses. This is an untreated, so non-superwash, wool which gives this yarn all the benefits of using Corriedale which, as you may know, is incredibly popular with knitters, crocheters, spinners and felters. This yarn is next to skin wearable for me but may not be for everyone as a 27 micron weight, however it makes the most fantastic outerwear - jumpers, cardigans, hats, socks, gloves - it has a 'grippiness' or 'tooth' that means it makes the most stunning colourwork and stays where you put it making it an exemplary weaving yarn (the reason I first trialed this for myself) it has the most delightful firm bounce in hand meaning wonderful springy garments and has a strength and longevity we may have to compromise on a little in the finer, more delicate, fibres. This is a beautiful wool and definitely worth a try, if you love using breed specific natural wools you'll enjoy this.
Recommended care: This is non-superwash 100% wool so cannot be machine washed without a risk of felting. This yarn felts well. Hand wash cold with a gentle wool safe detergent and no fabric conditioner, this will also keep the dye looking it’s best. Do not wring out, do not tumble dry. Lay out flat to dry.
While we do our best to keep our colours consistent each hand dyed yarn is one of a kind so we advise alternating skeins in a multi-skein project. See FAQs for more information.