'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: DK weight
- Package: approx 100g skein/ 238yards
- Breed: 100% pure Dorset wool OR Dorset 50%/Swalesdale 25%/Bluefaced Leicester 25% blend
- Gauge: 20st on US 6 / 4 mm needles over 4" (visit our range of needles)
Dorset/Swaledale/BFL blend include: Newfoundland, Barnleaze, Metherhills, Cliff, Homemead, Shelltrack, Mizzens, Greenclose, Haylands, Far Swyre, Clayground, Necklace Field, Wetlands, Brimley.
Lovely video of Isle of Purbeck landscape, sheep and yarn by Kate O'Sullivan (A Playful Day)
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. Find out more about the Isle of Purbeck.
Kate of A Playful Day podcast visits the Hole farm for shearing day in Sept 2016
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."