Finn/Angora 3-Ply Sport
Finn/Angora 3-Ply Sport
Yarn from our very own animals, raised with care on Bainbridge Island, Washington! These special skeins are from our 2017 fall clip.
Finnsheep or Finnish Landrace sheep are related to the more commonly known Shetland or Icelandic sheep, with short tails, colorful fleeces, and very friendly personalities! Their wool is generally classified as a medium wool, although we breed for finer fleeces. The wool has a somewhat silky hand, a bit of a natural sheen, and is available in a range of colors, from white, black, brown, and anything in between. This is truly a great all purpose wool, soft enough for next to skin wear, but sturdy enough to hold up to everyday farm wear.
German Angora rabbits got us into fiber farming. These sweet and docile rabbits enjoy a steady diet of local hay, pellets, and kale leaves, all while producing 3-4 inches of luxuriously soft fiber every 3 months. German Angoras were bred for fiber production and receive a hair cut every 90 days to humanely and gently harvest their wool. No rabbits are ever harmed! The predominate color genetics available in the US is the REW, or Ruby Eyed White, but we also have our resident Chestnut Agouti buck Steamroller to provide a beautiful light gray.
The resulting yarn is a 3 ply sport weight. The angora provides softness and a great halo to your finished object. The blending of white, black, gray, and fawn fleeces give a slightly tweedy look. There is a bit of vegetable matter in the yarn, a reminder that these animals romp around in diverse species pastures and that our processor does not use harsh chemicals in making this yarn.
We have dyed some of this yarn with our natural dyes. Overdying a natural gray results in heathery jewel tones that pair well with the undyed gray and with each other!
Each skein is:
360 yards, about 100 grams
75% Finnsheep Wool/ 25% German Angora
Undyed, natural color and some special naturally dyed colors!
3 ply construction
Grown on Bainbridge Island, Washington
Milled by Abundant Earth Fiber, Whidbey Island, WA.
Washington state residents will be charged 6.5% sales tax.
Patterns suitable for our Finn/Angora yarn:
Tensile by Emily Greene
Whispering Pines by A Homepun House
Elk Tooth by Caitlin ffrench
Infinitely Simple Lace Infinity Scarf by Jessica Cook