Do you have a desert island yarn? I have finally found mine and this is it. Soft, buttery, rustic without being scratchy, this is my perfect yarn. The undyed base is a rich oatmeal colour from the brown Masham so the dye results in a rich and textured coverage. Everything about this yarn is British and it is spun down the road from here in a mill in Yorkshire. Not literally down the road, there's some hills between Manchester and the mill but it's very close and it makes me love this yarn even more!
The composition of this is 50% Bluefaced Leicester and 50% Masham and it is not superwash treated, so hand wash at a low temperature unless felting is intended.
Here's a few things I've made with it:
This pattern is New Caesar - Shawl by Susan Ashcroft and is available to purchase on Ravelry. It was designed for last year's annual theme, The Twelve Caesars Collection. It uses mosaic knitting which is a technique that uses slipped stitches to create the pattern. The colourways used are Canary and Radioactive Raspberry Jam.
This cowl was sent as a gift to a friend who has really loved it. The colourway is You Keep Me On The Edge Of My Seat and the pattern is Ingot by Lisa Mutch of Northbound Knitting. This is such a good pattern that I confess I've knitted three of these cowls now.
Here is Ingot again, this time in Shiver.
And do you know the even better thing about this yarn? It will shortly be coming to the shop in aran weight too! Until now it has only been available as a DK weight. I have badgered the mill for a fingering weight but alas the supply of Bluefaced Leicester is short this year so it's not happening (just yet - I have my fingers crossed!)