Got Gotland, will rib

Last year I acquired, at a knitting jamboree, some 100% Gotland aran-weight yarn from the Well Manor Farm stall. The Gotland, a silvery grey to black fleeced breed, has an interesting history:

The breed was first established on the Swedish island of Gotland by the Vikings with Karakul and Romanov sheep brought back from expeditions deep into Russia and crossed with the native landrace sheep. The Vikings were great seafarers as well as sheep farmers and took these animals on their extensive voyages to provide meat and skins along the route. Hence the spread of these Northern short-tailed sheep and the development into related breeds such as Goth sheep, Icelandic, Finnsheep, Shetland, North Ronaldsay and Manx.

I used much of the two skeins to make his ‘n hers fingerless gloves for my parents last Christmas. There’s 75g left over, but unfortunately I don’t know what that means in yardage.

Staffing the Well Manor Farm stall were Susie who shears the sheep and Emma who dyes the yarn, which is spun by The Natural Fibre Company. A wool this special, so small-scale, intimate and personal, deserves to be used to the very last inch – so I’m hatching a plan.

B1 has decided beanies are cool. He looks good in green (the colour of the yarn). He particularly likes beanies since discovering that Lily Cole (whom he admires, obviously, for her double first from Cambridge and environmental campaigning rather than her hotness and publicly available nakedness) co-founded a company producing hand-knitted accessories in pure 100% wool from rescued sheep – The North Circular. We both like fisherman’s rib.

So that’s the plan. Only he doesn’t know it yet. A slouchy beanie in fisherman’s rib, for Christmas, and a clear saving of £75. I wonder how long it’ll take him to lose it.

Meanwhile the koolhaas is a couple of rows off completion. The yarn is beautifully soft yet also gives crisp stitch definition. I can feel a shopping trip to Hebden for more local 100% wool coming on.

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