This hand-dyed natural Cotswold yarn was created exclusively for Two Sheeps LLC by Solitude Wool (solitudewool.com), a group of 5 Loudoun County, Virginia shepherds and fiber artists who love wool. They hand-select fleeces from small farms in the Chesapeake Fibershed to create breed-specific yarn and roving.
Yarn weight: 2-ply lace
Yarn content: 100 Cotswold wool, pre-washed
~ 230 yards per 50 g skein
Solitude Wool is an official fiber provider for The Livestock Conservancy's (TLC) Shave 'em to Save 'em Initiative.*
‼️ We at Two Sheeps are committed to working with Solitude Wool and other small farms to save rare sheep breeds, including Cotswold sheep. Cotswolds are on TLC’s ‘threatened’ list.
For every skein of ‘Viridescent’ sold, Two Sheeps will donate $3 to TLC and Solitude Wool will donate $2 to TLC. 🐑🐑💗‼️
‘Viridescent’ was dyed by Gretchen of Solitude Wool at her farm in Virginia using weak acid dyes. She laid the skeins out on a table top, applied the dye directly to the skeins, and then steamed the yarn to set the dye.
Please check all photos of this yarn that are posted here and on our Instagram feed to see the yarn color under different lighting conditions.
Because each of these hand-dyed skeins is unique, we recommend alternating skeins as you knit or crochet if your project requires 2 or more skeins.
* The Livestock Conservancy has long stated that the way to save endangered breeds of livestock is to give them a job. In the case of wool sheep, we need to start using their wool again. Because of marketing challenges, some shepherds discard or compost the wool after their annual shearing, rather than cleaning it and selling it. The SE2SE program encourages fiber artists to try using rare wools, and helps shepherds learn how to prepare their wool for sale and how to reach potential customers, thereby making it more profitable to raise heritage breeds.(https://livestockconservancy.org/get-involved/shave-em-to-save-em/)
The Livestock Conservancy is America’s leading organization working to save over 150 heritage breeds from extinction. They rely on the support of members, grants, and donations from the public to raise the $700,000 a year needed to maintain their conservation work with rare breeds of farm animals. Click here to learn how you can help! 🐑🐑💗