Our beautiful ladies’ fleece was getting a bit long, so they were due their second yearly shearing this week – and they certainly deserve it after running around with their little ones who are getting cheekier and cheekier by the day.
Shearing not only means that we can turn the lovely fleece into wool, but it also is necessary for the sheep to have a better quality of life. Shearing keeps the fleece away from their eyes, which can cause wool-blindness when left to grow too long, it allows the lambs to find the udder more easily, and it eases the load they have to carry around each day. When they are sheared, it also means that their instincts tell them to seek shelter in rainy or colder conditions, whereas with a full fleece, they are more…
It’s Easter weekend, and the perfect time to welcome the new arrivals on Marriner farm.
All the team at Marriner Yarns has been very excited this week as we get news of more and more baby lambs arriving at the farm. Our special flock of Romney ewes have been amazing and we are happy to say that we now have 40 more lambs at the farm – with more still on the way!
When each ewe has her lambs, they are sheltered in a small shed, away from the rest of flock, to allow them time to rest – you can find out more about this from Marriner’s farmer, Colin next…
Good news – after getting friendly with our rams Baarney and Hercules in November, our ladies were scanned this week to find out how many baby lambs will be joining us in spring. Just like humans, ewes are scanned around the 10/12 week point to find out the number of lambs they carry.
The vet uses an ultrasound scanner to determine how many lambs each ewe is carrying to then mark the sheep’s back with a specific colour.
Watch our video below where Rhos explains how the coloured dots indicate how many lambs…
Our ladies are now getting ready for winter and that also means they are getting ready to be mums. We will hopefully see the arrival of some gorgeous little lambs come March and April and our flock is currently being looked after in preparation to carry their little ones for a few months. One of the ways we prepare for this is to shear them.
A few weeks ago, all of our sheep went for a visit to the hairdresser and are now looking considerably less fluffy…
Marriner Yarns has welcomed our very own flock of Romney Marsh sheep.
We are excited to start this journey with our own special flock and are looking forward to bringing our customers along every step of the way. The ladies have been getting to know their new home and are already looking rather fleecey. You will see more of them as they grow their fleece, when little lambs start frolicking, when they are sheared, and right up until we launch our very own Marriner wool.
Since the day our Greengate Mill opened in 1784 right up to today, Marriner Yarns has always had a deep rooted affinity with British wool.
In a global market where knitters are always looking for the best yarns at the most competitive prices, it would be easy for a company to lose track of its roots and forget where it’s come from. However at Marriner we’re proud that all of the wool we use in our wool yarns: Marriner Aran with Wool 400g (£5.50) and Marriner Double Knit with Wool 100g only use British wool.
With over 200 years of supplying the Great British public with yarn, it’s fair to say that Marriner has ‘woven’ it’s way into the hearts of knitting enthusiasts throughout the country.
From our beginnings as a cotton spinning mill in Yorkshire in 1784, right up to selling our yarn online today, our company’s two hundred year history has run parallel with Britain’s love of knitting.
We’re proud to have…