Fibre: 100% puresheep’s wool made up of 50% Ouessant, 25% Finisterre, 25% Merino d’arles*
Yardage: 400m per 100g skein
Gauge: 26 stitches to 10cm
Recommended needle size: 2.5-3.5mm
*Except the Mont d’aree cream shade, which is a blend of Texel and Charolais
Over the years, small European wool makers have become a cornerstone of the range at Wild and Woolly. We love the care they take in production and the concern they have with provenance and heritage. Most of all we love the incredible range in character that you get from yarns produced by people (and sheep!) where so much thought has gone into their work. And so it should come as no surprise, that we really love Bouclelaine, a producer in Brittany in Northern France.
Brigitte and Clothilde have created this yarn from a blend of fleece from the sheep on the Isle de Ouessant – France’s most westerly island, and sheep from Finisterre in the far west of Brittany, and also mixed in a little merino d’arles for extra cosiness. The wool has all the personality and warmth you’d expect of sheep that graze at the end of the earth, with some colourways carrying the natural heathered tones of the fleece under the dyed shades. The wool has a light spin on it, adding plenty of air to make an exceedingly plump yarn, and a very versatile knitting gauge. This means that although it has the length and weight of a typical 4ply/fingering, it will knit happily as a light weight alternative to a sport.
The sheepy woolliness of this yarn makes it an ideal choice as the main colour to pair with contrasting yarns from ranges such as Jamieson and Smith Jumperweight, Tukuwool fingering and Garthenor Number 2.
For a limited period only, we have special Bouclelaine cotton labels with their signature cheeky cat to send free with all purchases of 300g or more.