Yarn bases and Samples

This page provides you with an overview of the yarn bases I carry, in order from highest to lowest meterage, as well as shows you some samples that I've knit up or woven with the various yarns. I will soon be adding brief explanations of the most common yarn characteristics I refer to. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to send me an email at yanna@ro-dyeworks.co.uk if you have any questions.

BFL/Masham 4ply Farmyard

5-colour gradient sets of soft, smooth 4ply-weight (fingering-weight) yarn:

  • 50% Bluefaced Leicester, 50% Masham
  • Non-superwash
  • Shepherded, processed, spun, and hand-dyed in the UK
  • 4-ply-weight (Fingering weight / Yarn category 1 – Super Fine)
  • 100g skeins: approx. 450m per 100g (approx. 492 yds per 3.5 oz)
  • 50g skeins: approx. 225m per 50g (246 yds per 1.76 oz)
  • 20g mini cakes: approx 90m per 20g (98 yds per 0.7 oz)
  • Recommended needle size: 2 mm - 3mm (US 0 – 3)
  • Worsted spun, 2-ply yarn

Masham are hardy sheep with lustrous but slightly coarser wool, which blend beautifully with the better-known Bluefaced Leicester sheep’s wool to create this fine, soft yarn.  At a 450m per 100g meterage, it will create a lovely, light drapey fabric. You could also hold the yarn double or strand it together with some botanically dyed yarns to make the colours more subtle or muted.   

Corriedale 4ply Sock 

Non-superwash, nylon-free British Corriedale 4ply-weight (fingering-weight) sock yarn:

  • 100% Corriedale sheep’s wool
  • Non-superwash
  • Shepherded in the Falkland Islands, spun and hand-dyed in the UK
  • 4-ply weight (Fingering weight / Yarn category 1 - Super Fine)
  • 200m per 50g (218 yds per 3.5 oz)
  • Recommended needle size: 2mm-3mm (US 0 - 2)
  • Worsted spun, 2-ply yarn
  • Highly twisted to make it more hard-wearing

If you’re looking to knit some wool socks without any nylon content, look no further! Its high twist makes this yarn more hard-wearing than the average pure wool yarn, as well as increasing its “elasticity”. The yarn is of course also suitable for other garments and accessories.

BFL/Masham 4ply

Soft and smooth naturally grey blend of Bluefaced Leicester and Masham 4ply (fingering weight) yarn:

  • 50% Bluefaced Leicester, 50% Masham
  • Non-superwash
  • Shepherded, processed, spun, and hand-dyed in the UK
  • 4-ply-weight (Fingering weight / Yarn category 1 – Super Fine)
  • 100g skeins: approx. 400m per 100g (approx. 437 yds per 3.5 oz)
  • 50g skeins: approx. 200m per 50g (218 yds per 1.76 oz)
  • Recommended needle size: 2.5 mm - 3.5 mm (US 1 – 4)
  • Worsted spun, 2-ply yarn

Masham are hardy sheep with lustrous but slightly coarser wool, which blend beautifully with the better-known Bluefaced Leicester sheep’s wool to create this soft, springy, plump yarn. Its natural grey shade adds a "moodiness" to whatever colour it is dyed with. Undyed, it is the perfect neutral to pair with BFL 4ply base yarns (see below). You could also strand it together with some botanically dyed yarns to make the colours more subtle or muted.

BFL 4ply

Soft and springy Bluefaced Leicester 4ply-weight (fingering-weight) yarn:
  • 100% Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) sheep’s wool
  • Non-superwash
  • Shepherded, processed, spun, and hand-dyed in the UK
  • 4-ply weight (Heavy fingering weight / Light sport weight / Yarn category 2 - Fine)
  • 100g skeins: approx. 350 m per 100 g (382 yds per 3.5 oz)
  • 50g skeins: approx. 175 m per 50 g (191 yds per 1.76 oz)
  • Recommended needle size: 3 mm - 3.75 mm (US 2 - 5)
  • Worsted spun, 2-ply yarn

Bluefaced Leicester wool is known for its softness, and it doesn’t disappoint! This yarn is so soft and blooms beautifully. It’s guaranteed to create a warm and durable item, which will show off cables, colourwork, or lacework beautifully. A typical 4ply-weight yarn, it’s on the heavier side of fingering-weight yarns, or on the lighter sides of sport-weight yarns. Its softness makes it ideal for luxurious shawls, hats, sweaters, baby clothes… endless possibilities!

Shetland 4ply

Hardy yet soft, rustic single-flock Shetland 4ply-weight (fingering-weight) yarn:
  • 100% Shetland sheep’s wool
  • Non-superwash
  • Shepherded, processed, and spun in Wales, hand-dyed in South West England
  • 4-ply weight (Heavy fingering weight / Light sport weight / Yarn Category 2 - Fine)
  • 100g skeins: approx. 315 m per 100 g (344 yds per 3.5 oz)
  • 50g skeins: approx. 157 m per 50 g (172 yds per 1.76 oz)
  • Recommended needle size: 3 mm – 3.75 mm (US 2 - 5)
  • Woollen spun, 2-ply yarn

This Shetland yarn is a single-flock yarn from a family-run farm in West Wales. It's strong and warm, especially as it’s been woollen spun, making it perfect for sweaters and accessories alike. It has good grip and good stitch definition, hence well-suited to colourwork, cables, and lace. It is a relatively loosely spun 2-ply yarn, so I would not recommend using it for socks.

Kent Romney Sport 

Strong and smooth Kent Romney sport-weight (heavy 4ply / light DK weight) yarn:

  • 100% Kent Romney sheep’s wool
  • Non-superwash
  • Shepherded, processed, spun, and hand-dyed in the UK
  • Light DK-weight (Sport weight / Yarn category 2 - Fine)
  • 100g skeins: approx. 300m per 100g (328 yds per 3.5 oz)
  • 50g skeins: approx. 150m per 50g (164 yds per 1.76 oz)
  • Recommended needle size: 3.25 mm - 4.5 mm (US 3 - 7)
  • Worsted spun, 3-ply yarn

This Kent Romney wool yarn is strong and smooth, and yet has plenty of grip as well, making it really versatile. At the right gauge, it will produce a lovely drapey fabric. It's not that springy, making it ideal for weaving. Due to the uniform creamy white shade of the original yarn, it dyes to nice, clear colours.

Shetland DK (Limited Edition)

Single-farm Shetland DK-weight yarn:

  • 100% Shetland sheep’s wool
  • Non-superwash
  • Shepherded, processed, and spun in Wales, hand-dyed in South West England
  • DK-weight (Double Knit / Light Worsted / Yarn category 3 - Light)
  • 100g skeins: approx. 185-215 m per 100 g (202-235 yds per 3.5 oz)
  • 50g skeins: approx. 93-107 m per 50 g (101-117 yds per 1.76 oz)
  • Recommended needle size: 3.75 mm - 4.5 mm (US 5 - 7)
  • Woollen spun, 3-ply yarn

This single-flock Shetland yarn comes from a family-run farm in West Wales. It's naturally strong, and especially warm thanks to it being woollen spun, perfect for sweaters. It's got some springiness to it, good grip, and great stitch definition, so well-suited to colourwork, cables, and lace patterns alike. It’s soft enough to be worn around the neck, in my opinion, although of course this is subjective and varies between wearers. The meterage per skein varies slightly depending on the batch, as given in the bullet points above.

BFL Aran

Soft, smooth, dependable Bluefaced Leicester aran-weight yarn:

  • 100% Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) sheep’s wool
  • Non-superwash
  • Shepherded, processed, spun, and hand-dyed in the UK
  • Aran weight (Worsted weight / Yarn category 4 - Medium)
  • 100g skeins: approx. 165m per 100 g (180 yds per 3.5 oz)
  • 50g skeins: approx. 82 m per 50 g (90 yds per 1.76 oz)
  • Recommended needle size: 4.5mm-5.5mm (US 7 - 9)
  • Worsted spun, 3-ply yarn

This worsted-spun Bluefaced Leicester yarn is beautifully soft, smooth, and squishy. This aran-weight (or worsted weight) yarn will knit up quickly, meaning you’ll have a winter staple in no time. It’s also a great yarn for weaving, as its thickness and smoothness will show patterns off really nicely.

Jacobs Super Chunky

Cozy, cushy Jacobs super-chunky-weight yarn:

  • 100% Jacob's wool yarn
  • Non-superwash
  • Shepherded, processed, spun, and hand-dyed in the UK
  • Super chunky weight (Super bulky weight / Yarn category 6 - Super Bulky)
  • Recommended needle size: 9mm-12mm (US 13 - 17)
  • Single ply
This super chunky yarn is perfect for cozy, thick garments, accessories, and especially blankets! Great for creating texture in weavings as well. Made of Jacob's yarn, it's nice and soft and also comes in a few undyed shades.