Mendip is a 4-ply yarn spun in the UK from wool from a single flock of Shetland-cross sheep that graze the Mendip Hills in South-West England.
This set comprises four skeins that can be used as a gradient or stripes for a medium-sized shawl or small garment.
The yarns in this set are dyed with alder, coreopsis, calendula, dandelion, bramble and privet. The colours are a deep ochre–tan, a strongly saturated golden-yellow, a pale, warm yellow, and a light, bright, cool-toned yellow.
100% pure British wool
50g (1.75 oz) / 150m (164 yd) per skein
2.75–3.25 mm needles / 27–30 sts per 10 cm / 4" gauge
Hand-wash only, and lay finished items flat to dry.
The yarn is hand-dyed on the Sunny woollen-spun base. Sunny is spun from naturally white wool that yields bright, clean colours.
A note on the background of this yarn, as it is important to consider its environmental impact. The wool is sourced from an eco-farm less than 20 miles from where I live. Effectively the wool is a by-product, as the sheep are raised primarily for meat. They are part of a holistic management system to regenerate the soil where they graze, adding back nutrients to land that was previously dedicated to mining.
The wool is scoured, then spun at a small mill in Yorkshire. There are no plastic fibres and no superwash process involved – this means that this yarn, and whatever is made from it, will biodegrade. These colours are naturally dyed using plants from my garden and local area, and saved dyestuff from the kitchen.