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Doulton Rare Breed Border Leicester yarn,fleeces and shows news

Accessory Pattern book launch on 1st April!

I am so pleased to be able to let you all know trhat we are launching our first new Accessory Pattern book on the 1st April 2019.

All the patterns in it have been designed to be knit with our fabulous yarn, and the designers have produced some wonderful patterns for us. Most of the patterns are brand new with a few stalwarts included. 

Our existing patterns sell so well at shows, as either stand alone patterns or as part of our knitting kits and we have been frequently asked about extending the range, which is what we have decided to do by producing the book.

There will be 12 patterns in the book, none of which will be available elsewhere.

Three fab new spring colours coming in April!

I am so pleased to be able to let you know that we are expecting three new spring colours at the beginning of April.

We are launching a wonderful Coral, which is so vibrant, with a very exciting Turquoise. These will be both available in DK and 4 ply.

We are also launching Mount Grace, a beautiful creamy oatmeal, which is currently only in Aran. This will also be available in DK and 4ply.

Something exciting is happening on the 1st April.

This will be our 3rd full year of producing our wonderful unique,single farm, slaughter free, rare breed, British Border Leicester yarn.  All our yarn is from our flock and has Full Provenence.

We have learned a lot as we have gone on our journey. We have done some things right and we have made a few mistakes along the way, which we quickly rectified. I think that our yarn is absolutely wonderful and our customers also appear to think that too. We don't have a bricks and mortar shop but sell on line and things are going pretty well for us at the moment due to all the work we do in the background.

We have expanded our range of colours from the original four to our present range of 20 in DK and 4ply. Our Aran range now has 8 stunning colours in it.

We have expanded our product range to now include knitting kits, patterns, tops, mini skeins and are constantly looking to what else can bring value to our brand.

On 1st April we will be launching something special which I hope everyone of you will love. A lot of our customers have mentioned this over the last year and who are we not to give them what they want?

Watch this space.

Three new Spring Colours arriving soon


I am pleased to be able to let you know that we will be launching 3 brand new Spring  colours on the 1st April, Coral, Turquoise and our existing Mount Grace , which is currently only available in Aran, will be available in DK and 4ply.



Shows we are attending in 2019

Here's a list of  the shows  we have been accepted into, starting in April.

We start the year at Spring into Wool, at Leeds Grammar School on the 13th and 14th April 2019.

Always a particularly well organised show,  run by Nick and Natasha, we are really looking forward to this one.


Wonderwool, Builth Wells, Saturday and Sunday the 27th and 28th April.

We have never been here before but have heard lots of great things about it! we are really looking forward to it!


Leeds Wool Festival at Armley Mills in the Industrial Museum on the 1 st June. Again we have never been here before but have heard very good things about it!


Back to one of our very favourite shows, Woolfest, which is held in Cockermouth in Cumbria on Frtiday the 28th June and Saturday the 29th June. We love it!!!


WoolNess is a new show, and is being held in the Life Science Centre in Newcastle on the 2nd to 4th of August. Looking forward to it very much!


Good old British Wool Show at York Auction Mart on the 9th and 10th August.We always like to return there!

Obviously we are still waiting to hear back from  Yarndale and a couple of others. We will add new ones to our list!



What a strange old year last year!

We had a terrible winter in 2017, cold and wet ,which left us with no grass to winter the sheep on.It didn't improve much over the spring which was so late. The ground was like the grave, cold and damp and again, not good for grass growing. we couldn't turn the lambs out because of the weather and our fodder went so quickly. We were looking for hay in April and were paying a premium for it.

Suddenly we had a heatwave and the grass grew. Then we had no rain and what grass we had disappeared never to return properly, which caused major problems with the crops. We waited for the chance of a second crop but things were bad.

Sheep sales were terrible as people had no keep for either sheep or cattle and a lot went for slaughter. Prices for hard feed went up and have kept going up. Cost of feeding our flock was horrendous, but you cant just give up. Sheep have to be fed to produce good fleeces and we have kept them going well.

I really hope that this next year is not going to be as bad as last.

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