Organic Native Shetland Wool





selfheal
Our flock of pure native Shetland sheep spend most of the year grazing  heather moorland hills and the banks down to the shoreline where they will also graze on the seaweed. This year we have had our own organic 100% native Shetland wool clip scoured, spun and dyed organically. The fleeces went to New lanark Organic spinning mill for spinning and then to Paint Box textiles for dyeing- they are the first dyers in the UK to to get organic accreditation so our wool is the first ever organically dyed native Shetland yarn! The colours are inspired by the plants that make up the heather moorland vegetation that our sheep feed on, namely 'ling', 'moss', 'tormentil', 'selfheal' and 'bilberry'. These were chosen to work well with the lovely natural Shetland sheep colours- the white, greys, moorit etc. The natural white is unbleached and unwashed - you can feel the lanolin in it as you knit! There are 3 weights of the dyed and natural yarns- double knit, aran and chunky.

tormentil
Why organic? The organic scouring and spinning is much more gentle than the conventional process so the wool retains its lovely natural softness and strength. No harsh chemicals are used so as you work with the yarn and wear the final product you can feel confident that you are not being exposed to any harmful chemical residues. Our organic certification ensures complete traceability from the sheep on our hill who grew the wool to the final yarn.

'Shetland wool' is recognised globally, but how much of this product is what it claims?
Our aim is to offer genuine native Shetland wool once again to customers who value the qualities of authenticity. See our   Uradale yarns online shop or email sue@uradale.com for samples and prices.

socks in our unbleached organic native Shetland yarn, Foula just visible in the distance

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Yak an' Maak

Hazel Tindall

Yarn weight
Double Knit
Aran
Chunky
strands
2 strand
3 strand
4 strand
Unit 50g ball
130m
82m
64m
Recommended needle size
3.75mm (US 5)
5mm (US 8)
6mm (US 10)

We are members of Shetland Organics Community Interest Company

2 comments:

  1. Hi, i want to make a fair isle jumper using Shetland wool but it must be cruelty free. I don't know if "organic" includes the meaning of cruelty free but As it isn't mentioned in places where I have looked it up I doubt it. Cruelty free would be no mulesing which is done here in Australia and compassionate handling while shearing. Can you help me by letting me know if your wool is cruelty free. Thank you, Jane

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    1. Definately no mulesing here!
      The shearing doesnt distress the sheep at all (and of course if they were not sheared that would be an animal welfare issue)We have a couple of local guys who come every year and do most of the shearing with electric clippers and Ronnie clips some by hand, there is a bit of film of the shearers at work on youtube -please email if you need any more information sue@uradale.com

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