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Mendip 4-Ply – Calendula 1 (Natural dye)
Mendip 4-Ply – Calendula 1 (Natural dye)
Mendip 4-Ply – Calendula 1 (Natural dye)
Mendip 4-Ply – Calendula 1 (Natural dye)

Mendip 4-Ply – Calendula 1 (Natural dye)

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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.

100% pure British wool

Full skeins: 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 lambswool 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 Wales. There are no plastic fibres and no superwash process involved – this means that this yarn, and whatever is made from it, will biodegrade. This colour is naturally dyed using alum and cream of tartar as a mordant – the name of the dyestuff is included in the colour name.