Topsy Farms Wool/ North Country Cheviot and Suffolk Mix
Glorious, bouncy, undyed, untreated, Ontario raised wool! It's just so exciting! Topsy Farms wool is delightful to work with, and is one of the most affordable locally raised yarns I know, so it's excellent for those large projects you've been dreaming up.
Topsy Farms yarn is processed from selected fleeces that have been washed in gentle soaps, and processed in a mill that does not use sulphuric acid, bleach, or other harsh chemicals, which are regularly utilized in more modern mills.
Originally started as a meat farm, Topsy now turns what was once a waste product (hard to believe that many farms throw away glorious fleeces!) into wonderful yarn.
North Country Cheviot is originally from the Scottish Highlands and is known for its body, resilience, and bounce. The fibres are slightly longer than the average Down breeds, but they have a similar crimp. The sheep have white faces and fleeces.
Suffolk is a classic Down wool type sheep. The fibre is know for its elasticity and strength. The sheep have black faces and white fleece.
This combination of fibre means that Topsy yarn will felt, but not particularly well. They will be great for items that will see a lot of wear and tear, because of their durability. It is a great insulator, so makes wonderful warm winter woollies. Oooh writing this has inspired me to get knitting! Perhaps a nice Aran cabled cardigan...
Topsy Farms Wool is available in:
Aran Weight 100g Approximately 115 yards 3 ply
Worsted Weight 100g Approximately 165 yards 2 ply
Sport Weight 100g Approximately 328 yards 1 ply
Please note that, as a farm yarn, Topsy Wool has more lanolin on it than the average store bought yarn. Also, you may find small pieces of vegetation- it's a sign that sheep are being sheep, grazing outdoors among plants. They can easily be picked out as you work. Weight and yardage may also vary slightly.