There's a lot happening at the moment!

5th February 2020

                                                               

We have uploaded this morning a fantastic new knitting kit of Fairisle Fingerless Mitts- A Spash of colour.  The kit consists of the pattern, plus 6x 25g of 4ply skeins. They are absolutely stunning as always. Designed by our own Chris Goodall, there has been a lot of interest in them so far.

We have also added some wonderful Fine Art Greeting cards of our flock. One of our wonderful designers, Ruth Dorrington, took a Fine Arts course at Leeds University, and became an artist, painting wonderful creations as well as designing amazing knitwear.She took a few photos I had taken of my sheep and painted them as original watercolours. She then had them printed up as Fine Art Greeting Cards, which can be used for any occasion, or as notelets. They are blank inside with "Doulton Border Leicester Flock from an original watercolour by Ruth Dorrington" They come in packs of 5, each with an envelope and encased in a Cello pack.

Don't forget we also have three very new Sweater knitting kits available on line now and they are so hard to choose from!

The Wool Queen knitting kit is  such a  stunning sweater.! It is a form fitting, roll neck, ribbed jumper with cables arranged asymmetrically, front and back, with raglan sleeves. Designed for us by our own Ruth Dorrington it is beautiful. Available in 6 sizes and your choice of colours in DK

Cogs And Wheels is a wonderful Yoked Aran sweater. Slightly shaped at the waist, in two colours. Again another stunning sweater by Ruth Dorrington.

Last but not least is Lunch in York, a wonderfully smart jacket which can be dressed up for formal occassions and worn over a shirt and trousers for linformal ocassions. Designed by Hazel it is beautiful!

All of our  patterns are designed specifically for our rare breed, breed specific, single farm, slaughter free, ethically produced, 100% pure British yarns, and are available in all weights. Watch this space!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet the Doulton Flock Sheep

Doulton Border Leicester rams in fieldThe cruelty free, slaughter free, Doulton Border Leicester Flock started back in 1996 with the purchase of a couple of ewe lambs, Martha and Minnie.

The flock grew quite quickly with purchases from dispersal sales and ewe lambs and ewes from the Scottish sales.

The Border Leicester is now on the RBST “At Risk” list because the numbers of breeding ewes have fallen in latter years. The breed must have between 900 and 1500 breeding ewes to qualify.

There are not many Border Leicesters around in the UK now.
We are doing our very best to promote the breed and grow the numbers by producing fabulous, worsted spun yarn from their wonderful fleeces

We are now the biggest flock in the UK with over 300 sheep.

 

Doulton Border Leicester ramsThe Border Leicester is a beautiful sheep in every respect.

The biggest indigenous sheep in the UK and known as the sheep industry's “Great Improver”, they are primarily used to improve other breeds of sheep, producing superb long, lean breeding ewes.

They look so elegant with their big roman noses and fabulous upstanding ears along with a great prescence, they are well liked at shows by both adults and children.

 

 

 

Doulton Border Leicester ramsThay have outstanding fleeces. Well crimped, strong long staples and white, they produce a fantastic bouncy yarn with a great handle.

Last, but not least, they have wonderful personailities and are very kind. None of our sheep have ever gone for slaughter and never will.

We prefer to call them sheep who live to grow old.

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