Shetland Heritage Naturals – a closer look

hello! Today I thought we take a closer look at the new addition to our Heritage Range – Shetland Heritage Naturals! Its only been available for a few weeks but its been flying off the shelves..

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When we got our sample cones I (Ella) rushed some home to do some swatches on my machine to see how the yarn would knit up, its spun to the same thickness as our Shetland Heritage but the natural yarns always behave a little bit differently than the dyed ones and I wasn’t disappointed! The yarn smells lovely and sheepy in the ball so the yarn feels a bit thinner until its washed, it fluff’s up and fills the gaps between the stitches beautifully.

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The heritage range has a beautiful soft handle thanks to being worsted spun, (see more info here) I knitted it on my machine at tension 9 for a quite drapey fabric but you can knit it with lots of needles sizes to get a different finish. Heritage yarn bridges the gap perfectly between 2ply Lace and 2ply Jumper weight and most resembles the traditional Hap weight yarn we used to produce, its a versatile yarn as it works for lace knitting but also is perfect for colourwork. You can see more about the story of the Shetland Heritage yarn from our yarn series post last year.

Here is a side to side with the yarn and swatch of each of the six shades:

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White
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Fawn
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Light Grey (a first in our undyed worsted ranges)
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Grey
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Moorit
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Black

The Shetland Heritage Naturals are available here and cost £3.20 per 25g ball, we will shortly be getting in some cones so keep an eye on the website for that, we are so pleased with our newest yarn and hope you are too! The coloured Shetland Wool was at one time such a unwanted fibre (people used to dump it rather than sell it as it was worth so little) that we are so proud to give it value and we now have a 1ply/2ply lace weight worsted spun, light 4ply worsted spun and a woollen spun 4ply yarn all using this precious fibre. By using it in yarns and products it makes it worthwhile for crofters and farmers to keep coloured Sheep and that’s always a good thing!

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6 thoughts on “Shetland Heritage Naturals – a closer look

  1. sophy0075 August 3, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    I love coloured sheeps’ wool! So glad you are helping to protect their genome.

  2. laviedepraerie August 3, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    These yarns look so gorgeous! I wish we could get something like this in South Africa ❤ But I am guessing with our poor currency it would not be very affordable
    Jeanne

  3. Meriel Crawford August 3, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Really love this yarn, it knits up so beautifully. The cardigan I’m knitting is a seamless bottom up one and it’s nearly up to the armholes and looking really good. Thank you

  4. Susan' August 4, 2016 / 12:43 am

    Flippen gorgeous!!

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