Elwing Calafalas – yarn

Again, I’m using Blacker yarn, this time an organic Corriedale and Hebridean mix, which obviously means the sheep are reared organically.

~Hebridean Sheep~

However, if you check out this breed, you’ll find that the Hebridean are often used for conservation grazing. The Hebridean Sheep Society has some interesting info about what that is and how it works here.

In a nutshell:

Hebridean Sheep have established a reputation as the breed for the management of delicate ecosystems. Their dietary preferences are different from those of other breeds and this, coupled with their ability to thrive on vegetation with poor energy values, makes them a unique management tool.

And look at this badass ram:

Badass Hebridean ram

Doesn’t he look formidable, with the four horns? I wouldn’t wanna mess with this guy! In this breed, the rams and ewes both carry horns, with the rams occasionally having four. Scary shit, I say.

But their fleece are great, and the yarn I’m using is mixed with Corriedale (sadly, it doesn’t say to which percentage on the band).

Corriedales look more like your “normal” sheep, and have been around for quite a while, after being introduced almost at the same time in Australia and New Zealand.


My yarn is a light grey, it’s soft and springy, and it looks like it’s going to wear well, but obviously only time will tell.

Author: kokorimbaud

Love all things vintage, especially knitting from the victorian era through to the swinging twenties.

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