January 30, 2018




12 Mm 12mm Needles 20mm 4 Ply 4 Ply Yarn 4ply 4ply Worcested Wool 6 Mm 60 Cm 60cm Needles Alpaca Yarn Amelia Amitola Amitola Amelia Aran Aran Knits Pattern Aran Knitting Pattern Aran Patterns Aran Wool Arm Knitting Babies Baby Baby Blanket Patterns Baby Blankets Baby Cashmerino Book Bag Beautiful Designs Beautiful Full-Colour Photographs Beautiful Pastel Better Life Black Elephant Blanket Block Ceramic Buttons Blocking Blog Blue Faced Leicester Blue Pansy Buttons Bluebird Ceramic Buttons Books Books and Patterns Box Brambling Bristol Bristol Ivy British Wool Tops Brooklime Brooklyn Tweed Bunny Ceramic Buttons Butterfly Buttons Cable Needle Candy Cane Socks Card Cardigan Cashmere Cashmerino Ceramic Buttons Child Hats Children Patterns Christmas Jumper Chunky Colour Wheel Coop Knits Cotton Cotton Yarns Crochet Croft Cross Stitch Cushion Cygnet Chunky Dachshund Dingle Bauble Double Knitting Double Knitting Wool Double-Pointed Dover Hills Dovestone Dovestone Dk Dovestone Natural Dovestone Natural Aran Dovestone Natural Chunky Dovestone Smallholding Dpn Drops Ecru Aran Ella Rae Eppleby Exquisite Fairtrade Policies Favourite Aran Knits February Finch Fingering Weight Yarn Flower Ceramic Buttons Free Patterns Fyberspates Fyberspates Scrumptious Dk Gems Gifts & Kits Glazedl Ceramic Buttons Hand Dyed Hat Kit Hibbiscus Cardigan Hourglass Isabell Isabell Kraemer J C Rennie Jamieson & Smith Jamieson and Smith Jamiesons Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift Jupiter Moon Kate Davies Katia Katie Davies Kit Knit at Home Knit Christmas Knitting Day Knitting Outside the Box Knitting With Rainbows Knoll Knoll Kilcarra Tweed Knoll Yarn Knot Ceramic Buttons Lace Lace Weight Lace Weight Yarn Landmark Landmark Book Leaf Ceramic Buttons Learn to Knit Learn to Knit at Home Learn to Knit Hat Lion Ceramic Buttons Louisa Harding Lozenge Ceramic Buttons Machine Marie Wallin Men's Hat for Beginners Merino 5mm Needles Merino Dk Mini Knits Mini Knits Collection Mini Skeins Mitt Mossdale Mugs Natural Natural Aran New Lanark North Ronaldsay Orange Buttons Organic Origami Pansie Ceramic Buttons Parkin Party Patterns for Dovestone Dk Patterns for Knoll Soft Donegal Pick Pick N Mix Pin Pip Pip Colourwork Poncho Pond Poppy Ceramic Buttons Raindrops Rhubarb Ribblehead Roma Roving Rowan Cocoon Rowan Dk Rowan Felted Tweed Rowan Felted Tweed Patterns Rowan Seasons Cotton Rowan Yarn for 8mm Needles Sale Scarf Scarf for Men Sepcial Ceramic Buttons Shawl Shawl Pins Shawls Sheep Ceramic Buttons Shores Silk Sirdar Sirdar Yarn Small Bisque Buttons Small Company Smallholding Snowflake Chunky Soak Sock Sock Blockers Sock Needles Sock Patterns Sock Wool Socks Socks Needles Socks Yeah Sport Weight Sport Weight Yarn Stegosaurus Ceramic Buttons Stephen West Stitch Markers Sublime Book Sublime Natural Aran Targhee Columbia Wool Tea Cosy Texture The Landmark Collection Titanic Titus Titus 4ply Titus Patterns Titus Pick Toasty Toasty 3 Toft Toft Quarterly Top Knot Baby Hat Tortoise Ceramic Buttons Tortoiseshell Ceramic Buttons Trade Ceramic Buttons Uppermill Viking Vintage Collection Wensleydale Wesley Bob West Yorkshire Spinners West Yorkshire Spinners Yarn Whitby Socks Winter Winterburn Aran Winterburn Dk Winterlong Cowl Wool Socks Worsted Yarn Yarn Yarn Bowl Yokes Yorkshire Shores Ysolda Zimame

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BRITISH WOOL

Here at baa ram ewe we are passionate about British wool. By using our local wool, we’re supporting our sheep farmers, saving fuel that would be needed to transport wool by air or sea from further afield, and also supporting local industry.

When baa ram ewe opened back in 2009, many people thought that British wool was only good for carpets - it was too coarse and scratchy and no one would want to knit with it. Fortunately, many knitters and crocheters now know that there’s a huge variety of different breeds and types of wool and much of it is soft and lovely to knit with and wear.

 One question we often get asked of yarns that   simply say “British wool” on their labels is “what   breed is that, then?”. The answer is that it’s likely to   be a mix of different breeds and crossbreed wool.   When fleeces are sorted and graded for auction,   they’re put into massive bales of the same type and   quality. If you had  visions of all the wool just being   dumped in together  and mixed up, this definitely doesn’t happen! However, except for some specific breeds in high demand, like Wensleydale and Blue Faced Leicester, wool from different breeds is mixed as long as it’s of the same type. Wool from breeds with short, crimpy fibres will be put together, as will coarse wool from mountain breeds, and lustrous wool from longwool breeds, and so on. This is the case with our lovely new Pip Colourwork yarn which comes in 25g balls and is perfect for little projects or fairisle and other colourwork projects.

The mills making hand knitting yarns can then select from these graded, blended fleeces for the type they want for their yarn. Often this is a wool of medium fineness, not too scratchy but not BFL or merino soft, and with individual fibres of medium length. One such blend is often sold to hand spinners and felters as “English 56s”; the ‘56’ denotes the fineness of the fibres. This blend has plenty of loft and bulk, and is a good all rounder for hand spinning and felting. It’s generally pretty economical in cost too.

You might see generic British wool blended with other fibres, such as Bluefaced Leicester, for softness, or with nylon for softness and strength. The latter mix can be a great choice for warm and hard wearing socks. Even though it’s not as glamorous as specific breed wool, its lower cost makes a great choice for all kinds of projects. Plus, you can feel good that you’re supporting British farmers and our local textile industry, and helping the environment by keeping your ‘wool miles’ down and using a renewable, biodegradable product.

Our own British wool topsfor felting and spinning, and our baa ram ewe Big Balls are made from blended British wool. You can also find it in West Yorkshire Spinners’ Signature Sock and the amazingly good value Aire Valley DK and Aire Valley Aran yarns. If you’re after a thicker yarn, why not try New Lanark Chunky,made at the historic New Lanark mills in Scotland (now a UNESCO World Heritage site).