After being contacted by a lovely lady, Zoe, who breeds the most beautiful Ryeland sheep, wondering if we could make a bear from her own wool. Of course the answer was yes! Zoe sent some of her lovely coloured Ryeland wool along with a fleece from one of her very special rams.
Zoe’s Aran wool was lovely to work with and has made the most gorgeous bear. The fleece is absolutely beautiful, probably the best quality fleece we have ever used and the different natural colours throughout the fleece are amazing.
Usually we carefully card our wool before hand spinning into a beautiful smooth yarn. With Zoe’s wool we have spun straight from the raw fleece, no carding at all, making a lovely soft yarn – perfect for a really hand made look – and great for our new range of rabbits!!
We have also kept all of these beautiful natural colours separate while spinning, in order that when knitted the rabbits will each reflect all the natural shades of the fleece, rather than blending the wool into a uniform grey.
Portland wool, being wonderfully soft and springy, makes really cuddly rabbits and teddy bears!