Like all their Birthday Yarns, Cornish Garden is woollen spun to achieve a light, fluffy, silky yarn with a strong memory to increase elasticity and resilience. For this one they have used fine fibres for a 3-ply yarn as well as a thicker Sport weight yarn.
The yarn has 40% blended white and fawn Merino with Romney, plus 17% fawn and grey Shetland, 26% blue-faced Leicester and 17% recycled noils from their mill. The Merino and Shetland provide natural colour and the Shetland reduces the Merino/Romney bulk. Then the Blue-faced Leicester adds lustre to enhance the dye shades as well as reducing bulk further and adding drape. The noils add texture and interest to both natural and dyed shades and are more environmentally sustainable than ahimsa silk or bought-in nepps.
The resulting yarn is a warm, pale fawn-grey, happy to take a complementary darker brown-grey and four bright dyed shades. They chose Cornish Gardens as their theme and named their colours after six special gardens, each of which has a feature which links to the particular shade. Because woollen spun yarns are bulky and with the fibre composition chosen, the 3-ply yarn will also work well at a 4-ply gauge and the Sport will work at DK and Light Aran or Aran gauges too.
Yarn Weight: Sport – DK
Length: 212m or 232 yds
Composition: 100% British Wool