Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds and a little history lesson

Just noticed a really good review of Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds yarn on the Knitters' Review website.

I was eyeing-up this stuff on Saturday, particularly as I'm craving natural, undyed yarns at the moment.

There's also the appeal of something produced from sheep in my own country.

Wool was Britain's greatest export in the middle ages and those of you of an historical bent may know that our mediaeval monasteries - nay the whole economy - flourished from wool produced on their lands. You may also know that the enclosure of common land for sheep farming was responsible for the lower classes being pushed of the land that they and their ancestors had farmed.

Anyway, these yarns are really lovely (and hasn't got any peasants thrown off their land as far as I know). If anyone gets to use some before me (I've just ordered four sweaters' worth of yarn from outside the UK) then please let us know what you thought.

Until then, here's a link to the review of Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds yarn.


stch's picture

Thank you for posting the link to the article. This is a yarn that I'd seen recently in a LYS, and to learn more about it enhances the experience of knitting with it. At the time I didn't purchase any, but, have plans to return in a couple of months to do some stash enhancement, and Rowan's Purelife is on my list to pickup.