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longwool love


In recognition of their amazing fleeces and out of concern for their conservation status in the US and UK, Suzie would love for you to knit this garment with yarn from a longwool sheep breed. Their wool is strong, lustrous and drapes beautifully. Longwool breeds include:
Blue-faced Leicester
Cornwall Longwool
Devon Longwool
Leicester Longwool

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about the yarn

Shown in Dodgson Wood Produce's Shear Delight [100% Teeswater wool, 220 m/238 yds per 100g]; color: Allotment & Tall Tail Ranch's 100% Llama [100% llama wool, 200 yds]; color: Peruvian Silver

If you've traveled to the UK with Rowan Tree Travel & Fibercraft, you can source your yarn from someone you've visited! Our friends in Scotland and England sent us this list of possible selections:

Fine Fettle Fibres, Northumberland UK

Black Isle Yarns, Scotland

  • Killen Sock (BFL Mohair blend)

  • Monkeyface & Co (cross breeds, mostly Wensleydale cross) 30%, Bluefaced Leicester 25% and Gotland 45%

Ripplescraft Yarns, Scotland

John Arbon Textiles, Devon, UK

  • Devonia (Exmoor Blueface, Grey Exmoor Blueface, Bluefaced Leicester, Lustre Breeds, available in DK, 4ply and tops)

  • Devon Naturals (Combinations of Exmoor Blueface, Zwartbles, Romney, available in DK, 4ply and tops)

  • Harvest Hues (Bluefaced Leicester, Merino, Zwartbles, available in worsted, 4ply and tops)

  • Knit by Numbers (Merino and Bluefaced Leicester, available in 4ply and DK)

about the designer

Suzie Briddsang is a guide and tour manager for Rowan Tree Travel. She designed this shawl while picturing herself wrapped in it at home, in front of the fireplace, and also with it draped across her as she tries to sleep during long, international flights. As a designer, Suzie is adamant that wearables incorporate craftsmanship, utility and joy - in their making and then in the wearing. In the words of William Morris, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." Suzie would say that sentiment is appropriate for our closets as well. Clothes that work hard, suit many situations and are a joy to make and wear - well, that's where the magic lies. The Far Fields is her second pattern offering in collaboration with Rowan Tree Travel. Suzie is also an avid travel writer and loves visiting fiber animals at every destination. Travel along by visiting her blog.

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