'From farm to needles with authenticity and our own unique story' is how the Hole Family describe their yarn. Isle Yarns produce knitting & crochet wool from their family farm on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, in small batches and in a palette of colors to reflect the stunning Purbeck landscape. The Woolly Thistle now carries their special yarn in 100g skeins so here is the only place in the US or Canada where you can purchase these skeins of Isle Yarns.
- Weight: 4ply/heavy fingering
- Package: approx 100g skein/ 380 yards
- Breed: 100% pure Dorset wool OR Dorset 50%/Swaledale 25%/Bluefaced Leicester 25%
- Gauge: 28 st and 34 rows on US 2.5 / 3 mm needles over 4" (visit our range of needles)
- Woollen/Worsted: Woollen or Worsted Spun (see colorways above for specifics). Woollen spun results in a lofty, fluffier yarn whereas Worsted spun is denser. Both are lovely. (You can see the difference in the group photo, for example, compare Newfoundland with Barnleaze to see how they are different in texture and density. Even so they go together too!)
Dorset/Swaledale/BFL blend include: Newfoundland, Barnleaze, Metherills, Cliff, Homemead, Shelltrack, Mizzens, Greenclose, Haylands, Far Swyre, Clayground, Necklace Field, Wetlands, Brimley
Lovely video of Isle of Purbeck sheep, landscape and yarn by Kate O'Sullivan (A Playful Day podcast)
The area known as the Isle of Purbeck is not actually an island but a peninsula jutting from the mainland into the English Channel. Water surrounds the peninsula on 3 sides. More about the Isle of Purbeck.
Kate of A Playful Day visits the Hole farm for shearing day in Sept 2016 here
Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade interviewed Sue Hole in November 2015. You can read the full article here. In the intro Helen states:
"Isle yarn comes from a carefully bred and tended flock on the Isle of Purbeck. It has a vital rustic appeal: when knitting this yarn you really feel connected to the source. It has a lot of individual character and is not so processed that it could be from anywhere. It manages to be light and robust all at the same time, and it’s very, very springy."