A while back – July 2012 – I sent about 15 or so Hebridean fleeces to North Ronaldsay. Why? I hear you ask. Well North Ronaldsay, as well has having the remarkable seaweed-eating sheep, has a small fleece processing business, set up primarily to process the fleeces from those sheep. They will also process small runs of fleeces from other producers, so when one of the trip boats was due to head to North Ron, and a friend announced the intention of taking her car, I jumped at the opportunity to stuff the back of her car full of fleece bags and get my fleeces transported there in a much simpler manner than would otherwise have been the case. Although I liked my Hebbie fleeces, they seemed to be very varied in their make up and I wanted to see what commercial processing would make of them. I asked for the fibre to be processed into aran-weight yarn.
Well, after unforeseen delays, the yarn arrived on Wednesday – 6.8kg of it. It’s beautifully soft, much softer than I expected, what I would call a gentle 3-ply.
I knitted a sample square of it on 6mm needles, with a simple diamond design in the centre. On 6mm needles, it would make a lovely drapey shawl or blanket. I’m going to knit the same square on 5mm needles to see how it compares.
I’ll post some photos when I get the chance – my camera unfortunately seems to be u/s at the moment.