Laine des Iles Galway Aran 100g
PLEASE NOTE: THIS YARN IS A LIMITED EDITION. ONCE SOLD, IT WILL NOT BE REPEATED.
We are delighted to present our very first 100% Irish wool, Laine des Iles Galway Aran. The wool for this yarn has been collected by the Galway Wool Co-operative, a group of Irish farmers keen to restore the cultural integrity of native Irish wool. Galway wool is a rare heritage wool grown with care and pride from the only native Irish breed of sheep, the Galway. All wool produced by the co-operative comes from pure bred Galway sheep with a registered pedigree, and has been spun by the world-renowned Irish mill, Donegal Yarns.
The yarn is a Worsted/Aran weight, and as well as the traditional natural white, we have also had 8 colours dyed for us using only GOTS-certified dyes. Although classified as a longwool sheep, the staples of the wool are not particularly long but they are firm and crisp with an indistinct fluffy crimp. The wool has a dry but springy feel in the hand and is wonderful for creating texture in a knit. It is not a soft wool and would not suit next-to-the-skin garments but is perfect for a rustic cardigan, slipover or gilet which embraces the original, authentic look and feel of an Aran sweater.
As the dyeing process strips the natural oils from the wool, we recommend hand-washing finished garments with a lanolin-based wool soap, which will restore some of the oils and help to soften it.
Country of Origin: Ireland
Fibre: 100% Irish Galway Wool
Needle size: 4.5 - 5mm
10cm: 18-20 sts x 24-26 rows