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Countess Ablaze

Ritual - Countess of Exmoor - Exmoor Blueface, Corriedale, Zwarbles, Nylon


Ritual - hand-dyed speckled and splashed lilac, purple, blue, green

  • Base name - Countess of Exmoor
  • Country of origin - United Kingdom, spun in their mill in Devon
  • Fibre - 60% Exmoor Blueface wool, 20% Corriedale, 10% Zwartbles, 10% nylon
  • Thickness - 4 ply / fingering sock weight
  • Weight - 100 grams / 3 oz
  • Length - 400 metres / 436 yards
  • Needle size - 2.25mm
  • Washing guidance - machine washable at low temperatures
  • Works perfectly with John Arbon Textiles mill-dyed version in 50g skeins.

Hand-dyed yarns are unique and each skein can have subtle differences. If using more than one skein, alternate skeins every few rows to blend the colours.

 

We never thought we could love a sock yarn as much as Lady Persephone Sock but it turns out that we do! When the fine folks at John Arbon Textiles got in touch with us at the end of 2019 with their new Exmoor Sock, they wrote that "this yarn would look amazing dyed in your style." Well, they weren't wrong!

Life got in the way (it's 2020, it's been a year) and we decided that we needed a pick-me-up and that this was it. The dye just GLOWS on this base.

Exmoor Blueface is a crossbreed of Exmoor Horn and Bluefaced Leicester sheep and can be found munching their way through grass in Devon, UK. It's bouncy and strong as you'd expect from a long-stapled fibre.

This Corriedale wool is from the Falklands (but is a sheep breed originating from New Zealand) and Zwarbles is naturally dark wool from a Dutch breed of sheep that was imported to the UK in the 1990s. Nylon is added for a touch more strength.

John Arbon Textiles designed this yarn with sock knitting in mind but is just as versatile for other projects. I'm longing for a shawl. We also sell this yarn mill-dyed in 50-gram skeins, perfect for combining colours together.