Our Marriner flock is well and truly at home in their lush, green sloping field. They are more than happy spending their days roaming the small hills and munching their way through a considerable amount of grass.
Their fleece is getting thicker by the day and we can already tell that it’s going to be quite soft. They are due their very first haircut around this time, and we can’t wait to take you through the whole process from shearing, to scouring, roving, spinning and, finally, winding. With only a small flock we won’t see a huge amount of wool from this first shearing, but we are excited to start the process and be able to offer our very own Marriner wool.
Romneys are slightly unusual as they are usually sheared twice a year, compared with just once for a…
With knitting yarn coming in so many different thicknesses, colour variations and textures it’s easy to forget where British knitting began – wool.
At Marriner our very first yarns were wool yarns, spun in a Yorkshire mill back in 1784. Since then it’s fair to say that we’ve moved with the demands of our customers, offering acrylic based yarns to meet current trends. However we’ve always taken a great sense of pride in remaining true to our roots, incorporating British Wool into our range whenever possible.
On a sunny morning in June, we were delighted to be invited along to a British Farm to witness the beginnings of the knitting wool manufacturing: sheep shearing.
‘A Close Shave’ – Stage 1 of British Wool
We’re sure you’ll agree that the above video, is a humbling reminder that the wool we knit with and…