Yarn bases

I specialise in natural dyeing using less-common base yarns, especially from breeds of sheep other than merino. Here you can learn about the yarn bases I use, and the special properties that make them great to work with.

Summary

Yarn baseFibre contentOriginYarn weight
Aloe100% Corriedale woolAustralia8 ply / DK
Angelica100% Corriedale woolAustralia4 ply / fingering
Lillypilly100% Blue-faced Leicester woolUK4 ply / fingering
Loquat75% Blue-faced Leicester wool, 25% nylonUK4 ply / fingering

Aloe

Aloe is an 8 ply, worsted-spun Corriedale yarn sourced from Cloverleaf Corriedale Stud at Bullengarook, Victoria — under 100km from where it is dyed and sold.

Corriedale is a merino cross breed, developed in Australia and New Zealand early in the 20th century. The wool is more hard-wearing than merino. Because of its worsted structure, which combs all the strands of fibre so they are aligned in parallel, Aloe is smooth and dense, with great stitch definition. It makes fantastic jumpers, hats, or other warm outerwear.

Angelica

Angelica is a 4-ply, woollen-spun Corriedale yarn from Cloverleaf Corriedale Stud, at Bullengarook, Victoria — less than 100km from where it is dyed and sold. Corriedale is a merino cross breed, developed in Australia and New Zealand early in the 20th century. The wool is more hard-wearing than merino.

Angelica is soft and squishy, with a slight halo. It makes fantastic accessories.

Lillypilly

Lillypilly is a 4-ply, superwash, 100% Blue-faced Leicester (BFL) yarn sourced from the UK, as there are no BFL breeders in Australia. BFL has a distinct silky sheen, and a slight crispness in the hand. Despite the crispness, the yarn is soft and smooth, and fantastic for shawls, hats, gloves and other accessories.

Yarn details

  • Weight: 100g
  • Length: approx. 400m/437yd
  • Gauge: 28st/10cm
  • Needles: 3-3.5mm

Loquat

Loquat is a 4-ply sock yarn base, made of 75% superwash Blue-faced Leicester (BFL) wool, and 25% nylon. The yarn is sourced from the UK, as there are no BFL breeders in Australia. BFL is strong and hard-wearing, with a silky sheen and slightly crisp hand, and takes up dye beautifully.