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Doulton Border Leicester Yarn Blog

Doulton Rare Breed Border Leicester yarn,fleeces and shows news

Fibres off to the scourers

Yesterday we took all our fibre, all 900 kgs of it, over to Howarths in Bradford to be scoured, combed and carded. That is happening today. Once it is has gone through the processes, it will be sent over to Laxtons to be spun into our wonderful worsted spun yarn. We probably wont get this back until January, when we will get the yarn dyed into our wonderful existing colours and some new Spring colours.

Yarndale 2018

Yarndale 2018

This weekend  we were at Yarndale 2018 ,at Skipton, along with a host of other vendors.  We packed up our yarn, mini skeins, fleeces, tops, knitting kits and patterns and off we went, over the hill to Skipton,.

A couple of hours later we arrived and had to unpack everything and set it all up at the Auction Mart where the event was taking place. We got there at 2.30 and finished setting up at 7.30. Back home for a quick night's sleep and then up and away at 6 the next morning.


The stall did look good and we were really pleased with it. At 10 o clock the doors opened and the crowds came rushing in! The people who run Yarndale are so professional. Everything is managed so well. A good mix of vendors with different types of products. Great pre show publicity. Good layout details so everyone can find what they want. Lots of places to sit down and rest weary legs. Buses to get those customers who have no transport, to the show and back.We were so busy and it was good to see that people do love our yarn and all our other products too.At 5.30 the show closed and boy, were we pleased to be able to go home for food and a good nights sleep.


Up and away at 6.30 this time. The show opened at 10 and again, the customers came rushing in. Not perhaps as many as the day before but still a lot. We had visitors from our Ravelry group turn up to say hello and a visitor from the USA! We were rushed off our feet which was extremely gratifying for us. A lot of work had gone into getting ready at our end and our customers showed us they appreciated it by buying lots of our yarn and products from our slaughter free flock of pedigree Border Leicester sheep.

Roll on next year!!




Three new beautiful Autumn/Winter colours launched!

Good morning everyone from a very damp North Yorkshire, home of the Doulton Flock of Pedigree Border Leicesters. Welciome to our very first blog.

We have just launched three beautiful, vibrant ,colours, perfect for Autumn/Winter projects. As normal, I had to think long and hard about what colours were trending, what colours were missing from our range, and, more importantly what colours would fit in with our existing range of colours. I took advice from existing customers and members of our Ravelry Group, asking them, what colours would they like to see in our range, going forward? I got lots of answers back and had to trawl through them, before I decided to start from scratch.

The results are, I think, are quite stunning. We added a very dramatic deep Forest Green, which we call Kilburn, to the range. It complements the two existing greens really well, as well as com plementinglots of other colours in the range. Perfect for colour work! It is available in Aran, DK and 4 ply.

The second colour is a very rich, deep, Royal Purple, which we have named after the range of hills which surround us, here in North Yorkshire, Hambleton. It is beautiful against our existing lighter purple and our existing, very delicate, lilac. It's also wonderful with a lot of the other colours from our range. It is available in DK and 4 ply.

The third colour is a very zingy mustard, which we have called Clay Bank, again another place  very near us, popular with walkers and cyclists. It is available in 4ply and DK.

All three are now on the website, available for sale.



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