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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 Aran 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 also absolutely beautiful, probably the best quality fleece we have ever used and the different natural colours throughout the fleece are amazing.

Usually we carefully hand card our wool before hand spinning into a 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 too!!

During spinning we have also kept all of the beautiful natural colours separate, in order that when knitted the rabbits, and bears, will each reflect all of the natural shades found throughout the fleece, rather than blending the wool into a uniform grey.

So a huge thank you to Zoe for contacting us and telling us about her lovely sheep, supplying us with her lovely fleece and wool for making some really cuddly rabbits and teddy bears!

Find out more about Zoe’s beautiful Ryelands on her website –