Wow, what a fantastic One Day Sale we had last weekend! Thank you to all of you for your support: we are delighted to say we raised over £300 for our chosen charity The Conservation Volunteers
. The saddest part of the sale was saying a final goodbye to our Dovestone dk....but the good news is we can now give a warm welcome to our brand new yarn, Winterburn dk
, throwing the spotlight on another one of our wonderful Yorkshire sheep breeds, the Masham.
The Masham has a smaller ringlets of fleece than the Wensleydale but with added bounce and loft that it gets from its hill-loving male ancestry, the Dalesbred. In fact, female ‘gimmer’ -or lambs- were considered so pretty that farmers would tie ribbons in their fleece before taking them to market and Sheep Fairs which continues to this day in the North Yorkshire town of Masham, from which this sheep breed gets its name.
We've had such wonderful feedback on the yarn so far, with most actually preferring it to Dovestone dk (we couldn't believe it either!). It comes in our signature palette of 20 shades, and is completely interchangeable with Dovestone dk yarns and patterns. And as if you need any further incentive to give it a go, we're offering the pattern for Alison Moreton's gorgeous Uppermill crocheted blanket
free to download to the first 50 subscribers who order any Winterburn dk from us:
Uppermill is a patchwork Granny Square blanket in warm and vibrant colours of Winterburn
with a clever modular design which allows for flexibility in the finished size. Have fun with colour combinations, or mix and match your Winterburn with some Dovestone you got in the sale. Love this blanket but don't know how to crochet? You're in luck as our next How to Crochet workshop
is coming up on Saturday 28th July- click here
And while you've got the diary out, we've another Save the Date for you- our new season launch will be on Thursday 16th August, from 6 to 8pm at our Chapel Allerton shop. The whole team is buzzing with some of the new yarns we have got coming in, and we'll be doing things a little bit differently this time around to make this event even more special- more details to follow in next week's Field Notes.