Back in late-May a Yorkshire lass headed off to Columbus, Ohio for TNNA, and what did she find when she got there? A new yarn all the way from…Yorkshire! Yep, I went all the way to America to discover a wool from my homeland!
Dovestone DK is the new yarn from the lovely team at Baa Ram Ewe in Leeds who I do some tech editing work for. Having heard there was something in the pipeline, I was yet to discover any of the finer details until I got to America and saw it in person.
Following on from the success of their 4ply/fingering weight Titus yarn, Dovestone has been blended to celebrate the fleece of the Masham sheep and spun to a DK weight. The Masham fleece is combined with neighbouring Wensleydale locks and Bluefaced Leicester to produce a beautifully woolly wool with drape, loft and a gorgeous halo making it perfect for garments and accessories alike.
Named after the Dovestone valley in Saddleworth on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border, the colour palette continues the Yorkshire inspired theme with shades including Goathland, Endeavour, Parkin, Filey and Bantam which is what I chose for the Pianissimo scarf from the latest issue of Pom Pom. The pattern shows the versatility of the yarn properties really well; knit on smaller needles it is springy and holds it’s shape beautifully, but knit it on larger needles and the drape from the Wensleydale really shines.
Pattern support kicked off with a lovely collection by Carol Feller entitled Dovestone Hills and a rather fabulous Fancy Hen pattern by Ella Austin incorporating colourwork which the Dovestone yarn is perfect for. You will see plenty of other patterns popping up over the coming months.
Dovestone DK is a true wool lovers yarn which has clearly had a lot of thought and care put into it. As the daughter of a shepherd who knows the pittance being paid to British farmers for their fleeces, the importance of using British fleece to produce good quality yarn is coming increasingly to the forefront of many yarn botherer’s minds. In addition to using British wool, Dovestone is spun and dyed in Yorkshire, drawing on a rich mill heritage which is beginning to show the green shoots of a revival – wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the old mills back in action and traditional work skills being revived within a part of the country that could benefit hugely from job creation?
Baa Ram Ewe are offering a 10% discount on Dovestone DK throughout September, both instore and online. Simply enter the code SEPTEMBER at the checkout to receive your discount.
Images 1 and 2 are © Baa Ram Ewe and used here with permission.
Disclaimer: Whilst I freelance for Baa Ram Ewe, I have not received any monetary payment for this post and was gifted a skein of Dovestone to try out and then went on to buy a skein myself, because it really is that lovely!