The makers of the the Dovestone line, baa ram ewe, are "on a mission to make beautiful yarns that celebrate Yorkshire’s woolly heritage." And we love what they do!
Dovestone DK celebrates a breed of sheep local to Yorkshire, the Masham, and reflects the unique combination of strength and softness ingrained in the personality of the region.
Yorkshire farmers have long known that the mix of the local Masham and the Bluefaced Leicester sheep breeds is a special one, highly prized for its meat across the country and the world. Blending the fleece of these two magnificent breeds, along with the drapey fleece of the Wensleydale breed, creates something truly special too.
For those less familiar with the Masham, it is a lovely looking breed with ringlets of fleece, (inherited from its Teeswater female mother) but also a sturdiness and loftiness from its hill-loving male ancestry, the Dalesbred. In fact, Masham ‘Gimmer’ (female) lambs were considered so pretty farmers would tie ribbons in their fleece before taking them to market. This breed of sheep is so synonymous with the region’s wool heritage that the North Yorkshire town of Masham still has its own sheep fair every year.
100% British wool
50% BlueFaced Leicester 25% Masham 25% Wensleydale
252 yds/100 g
5.5 sts/" on US 7
Hand wash, lay flat to dry