Many of you will have seen snapshots of this on social media already, so here’s a proper introduction to one of our new yarns. After lots of deliberation we decided to name it Malham DK – we like to use local-ish place names, and we love Malham, but I think the name sounds quite rustic, which this yarn is.
Once it’s in stock, it’ll be HERE on the website – it’ll be available in the next update, which is on Sunday the 31st of January at 12 noon UK time.
It’s 100% British wool, comprising of cream coloured Bluefaced Leciester and naturally oatmeal Masham (pronounced “mass-em”). This results in an undyed yarn which is a gorgeous heathery oatmeal – hence I have a dyelot of Natural, which I have simply rinsed and dried, without dyeing.
The yarn takes dye well, although you shouldn’t expect to see many darker toned colourways from me on this base, as I think it lends itself best to light-to-medium tones, that let the subtle oatmeal heather come through a bit.
I’m knitting up a proper sample in this yarn, which I will show you before the update goes live, and it’s proving to be really nice. It’s quite woolly, but still has a good shine to it and the stitch definition looks like it’s going to be good – I’m knitting a slouchy lace hat so we’ll be able to really see what it’s like for stitches and drape.
As I’m knitting, it feels quite fine – thinner than DK really, but in the skein it really bloomed once I’d dyed, rinsed, and dried it. So I am sure that once it’s knitting and blocked it will bloom again.
Want to know more about the Masham sheep? Sadly I don’t have my own sheepy pics to share with you (though I will be looking for sheep to photograph this year) but HERE is a good place to read about them and see how lovely and woolly they are.
Masham is also a place in Yorkshire – well, it’s where the sheep originate from, unsurprisingly. There’s a Sheep Fair there every September but frustratingly for us, it’s the same weekend as Yarndale.