Mendip DK – Ore (Cloudy)
Mendip DK is a bouncy, airy lambswool yarn, hand-dyed on two woollen-spun bases in a range of rich and subtle solid/semi-solid colours. Sunny is spun from naturally white wool that yields bright, clean colours. Cloudy is a coloured base from blending some dark-coloured wool with white, and has more rustic, moody character. Both bases have a matte finish and pleasant toothiness that is perfect for colour work. The two Sheep colourways are the undyed wool.
The wool is sourced from a single flock that grazes on top of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, UK. The wool is from the lambs' first shearing, meaning it's a lovely soft fibre for a relatively rustic yarn.
The repeatable colour palette is inspired by the flora, fauna and changeable weather of the Mendip Hills, and is carefully considered to give a spectrum of shades that combine harmoniously. Ore is a soft, cool brick red, inspired by the iron ore that gives the soil in some parts of the South-West its distinctive colour.
Woollen-spun, 3-fold yarn
120 metres / 131 yards per 50g skein
Needle size: 3.25–4 mm
100% British wool from a mixed-breed flock (primarily Shetland-crosses)
Not enough stock? This yarn is available dyed to order.
A note on the origins of this yarn:
The wool is sourced from an eco-farm in Somerset, England, that uses organic practices (though this wool isn't certified organic). It is spun up by a small mill in west Wales, then hand-dyed by Marina in Wiltshire. So before the skeins are shipped out to you lovely customers, the wool has travelled around 300 miles during the production of the yarn.
The dyes used are synthetic, for repeatability and colour-fastness. They are very low-toxicity (and non-toxic to the end user), and non-carcinogenic. None of the dyes used contain toxic metals. The water used to dye is recycled numerous times and all colour is exhausted completely before it is discarded in the garden.