You will not like this yarn. It is rugged, it is unapologetically scratchy and it is hardy. You will not like this yarn if you only wear merino.
You will ADORE this yarn if you love your wool to look, feel and smell like it once kept a sheep warm. Cheviot is often the wool that is used in Scottish tweeds. It's a dense, lofty and hardy wool from a hill breed of sheep used to living in windy conditions. It is very much underrated in the hand knitting world but it rocks the colour like a catwalk queen.
Compared to merino, the most widely dyed wool in the hand dyeing industry, it isn't as soft but isn't too coarse either. If you're a little more on the skin sensitive side, I'd recommend this superwash treated yarn for outerwear.
But if you ADORE wearing wool that actually feels like wool, crack on and knit whatever you like with fierce abandon!
Only the Countess dyes our repeatable colourways. She's an intuitive dyer (read, uses a teaspoon and eyeballs amounts) rather than being a technical dyer so batches will differ. If using skeins bought at different times, blend the skeins together by alternating every other row as you knit.
We prefer to focus on our Rebel Batches of unrepeatable colourways. The Countess is too easily distracted to dye too many repeatables...
KIVA - From 1st April 2019, a percentage of our sales at www.countessablaze.com and in-store will be used as microloans on Kiva. Kiva is a worldwide project specialising in microfinancing small businesses and individuals who are locked out of accessing business aid from mainstream banks and organisations. Microfinancing gives people an opportunity to begin businesses, or grow them and a number are textiles based. Arts based loans will be our major interest.