Single Farm Yarns
This is a list of Single Farm Yarns. These are British wool yarns produced by a farm using the wool from their own flock(s) of sheep.
In November 2015, Wovember had a special focus on Small Producers. This brought to my attention the interest knitters and other crafters using wool yarn have in yarns from named farms and identified flocks of sheep. So to help people find out about these yarns I've created this page just for Single Farm Yarns.
People interested in these yarns are often also interested to read about the sheep and other British fibre animals, where possible I've linked to the home page of farm websites as well as the shop page for yarn. Some farms don't have websites (some, even in 2016, do not have broadband!) so I've given other contact details for them.
I've also added location information to help those people looking for yarns from a particular area.
This list should be regarded as a source of information only and not recommendations by anyone involved with Woolsack.
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION HERE BEFORE USING ANY LISTINGS ON WOOLSACK
Remember that these yarns from single flocks may be listed as out of stock, depending on how quickly the yarn from the wool clipped each year sells out. It is always worth contacting the farm or stockist to see when the yarn will be back in stock.
For these yarns from smaller producers please be aware that the quality of yarn can vary considerably from year to year, and flock to flock, dependent on such factors as weather conditions affecting fleece growth.
Aalmerk Uradale Farm, East Voe. Scalloway. Shetland. The flock of pure native SHETLAND sheep spend most of the year grazing heather moorland hills and the banks down to the shoreline where they will also graze on seaweed. The organic 100% native Shetland wool clip has been scoured, spun and dyed organically. DK, Aran & Chunky yarns in natural undyed & dyed colours. Shop here
A Yarn from North Ronaldsay Location North Ronaldsay, Orkney. The sheep on North Ronaldsay are owned by several farms & crofts but are uniquely farmed collectively, governed by the Sheep Court, so do qualify for inclusion on this page. Aran & 2-ply hanks in the natural undyed colours of the NORTH RONALDSAY sheep. Shop here Spun by the North Ronaldsay mill on the island.
Alfie Purl Yarns & Textiles Location Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire. COTSWOLD & Cotswold X. Hand dyed yarns, spun by Natural Fibre Company. Also hand spun. On line sales here also at Wiltshire Farmers Markets - see here
Barby Rare Breeds Location Barby, Rugby, Warkwickshire. CASTLEMILK MOORIT Aran knitting wool and PORTLAND Aran knitting wool. Natural undyed colours. Information about the yarn here and contact them to order. Spun by Natural Fibre Company
Beilidu Manx Loaghtan Sheep Location Between the Brecon Beacons and the Eppynt Mountains in Mid Wales. 50g Double Knit balls of mill-spun MANX LOAGHTAN wool, natural undyed colour. (handspun on request)
Bits and Fleeces Location Mayfields Smallholding near York. SHETLAND yarn entirely from the Mayfield flock. Other Shetland & Manx Loaghtan yarn contain wool from other flocks as well as the Mayfield sheep. Natural undyed colours. DK, Aran Spun by Natural Fibre Company
Blacker Swan Location Swan Inlet Farm on the Falkland Islands. MERINO & Merino cross, bred for fine fleeces (no mulsing is ever done on Falkland Islands) 4ply, DK & Chunky in natural undyed shades & wide range dyed colours. Spun by Natural Fibre Company
Chilla Valley Alpacas Location Beaworthy, Devon. ALPACA yarn in natural colours with extra natural undyed colours produced by blending. 4ply, DK, Aran & Chunky weights. Shop here Yarn spun in Cornwall.
Croft 29 Location Isle of Skye. Beautiful HEBRIDEAN Yarn from our small flock of sheep on our croft on the world-famous Isle of Skye. Our sheep are hand-shorn in the summer, with the whole family getting involved in the process. Natural undyed very dark brown colour.
Crookabeck Farm Location Patterdale by Ullswater. ANGORA GOATS & HERDWICK sheep. Yarns include Herdwick & Herdwick/Mohair blend. Aran & DK. Natural undyed colours
Dodgson Wood Location Ulverston, Cumbria. "We turn our fleece into knitting yarn. We have blends of CASTLEMILK MOORIT & CHEVIOT and BLACK WELSH MOUNTAIN & CHEVIOT and next week picking up a new blend of CASTLEMILK MOORIT and BLUEFACED LEICESTER. All from sheep from our farm." Page about the sheep. Contact them about the wool - link to shop will be added when available.
Ewe Spinning Me A Yarn Location Cwmgogerddan farm, above the Cothi Vale, nr Llandovery. GOTLAND aran weight natural undyed & DK natural white lambswool from the farm's MULE ewe lambs. On sale here and at some events Spun by Natural Fibre Company
Farmer Dixon Location South Yeo Farm East, West Devon. Breeds on the farm include SHROPSHIRE, KERRY HILL & BALWEN. Various weights of yarn in balls, cones & hanks. Natural undyed colours. Buy here (scroll down) Spun by Natural Fibre Company.
Farnell Farm Location Rolvenden, Kent. Rare breed PORTLAND sheep. Worsted wool suitable for knitting or weaving. We sell this pure new worsted wool in 100g hanks. Worsted yarn consists of long fibres that lie parallel, so that the materials made from it are smooth, soft, lean and strong. Choose either hanks which knit as double knitting or hanks which knit as 4ply. Natural undyed creamy white. Buy here
Fernhill Farm Location, Compton Martin, Somerset. The farm has coloured ROMNEY & SHETLAND sheep & sells Shetland yarn on cone, hank or balls in natural undyed colours. Also sells pure Shetland weaving yarn. Information on their wool here. Buy here
Fliskmillan Fibres Location North East Fife. ROMNEY DK and Romney Aran. The DK yarn is available in natural (undyed), navy blue, plum and a mustard gold. The Aran weight is only available in natural (undyed). The website is being developed but the farm does have a Facebook group or email email@example.com Also available from The Woolly Brew in Pittenweem and they will do mail order if required. Spun by Natural Fibre Company
Fowlescombe Farm Ivybridge, Devon. Wool from the farm's organic flocks of HEBRIDEAN & MANX LOAGHTAN sheep. Shearling fleeces used for the natural undyed light aran weight yarn available in balls and cones. Shop here
Gam Rare Breeds Farm Location Grassington, Yorkshire Dales National Park. The farm has a number of different rare breeds of sheep. Their knitting yarn, from their WHITE FACED WOODLAND, HEBRIDEAN & WENSLEYDALE sheep comes in thicknesses from heavy laceweight to chunky in natural colours (some with a little natural coloured alpaca blended) Shop here. Spun by The Halifax Spinning Mill
Gentle Rainbow Organic Wool Location Cherry Wood Farm, Herefordshire. LLEYN (organic): DK, 4ply, Aran, Chunky, 3ply, and also carded fleece. The wool is dyed using plants and natural materials only. As well as the Etsy shop the yarn can be bought at Herefordshire Farmers' Markets. Spun by Natural Fibre Company Facebook link for Gentle Rainbow
Godshill Park Farm Location Isle of Wight. CASTLEMILK MOORIT, ALPACA, LLAMA, BORERAY, BLACK WELSH MOUNTAIN. Natural undyed yarns include Aran blend of Alpaca, Boreray & Castlemilk Moorit, Pure Castlemilk moorit 4 ply knitting wool, Llama , Alpaca & Castlemilk moorit 4 ply knitting wool, Dark chocolate blend of Alpaca, Black Welsh Mountain & Castlemilk Moorit DK. Coming soon pure Boreray DK. Purchase from the Farm Shop, Newport Farmers' Market (autumn only) or contact the farm for mail order. Spun by Natural Fibre Company. Facebook link for Godshill Park Farm @GodshillFarm on twitter
Hazel Court Naturals Location Herefordshire. Natural undyed creamy-coloured double knitting yarn from the farm's flock of shearling RYELANDS. Shopping information here Can also be purchased from Woolhope Farmers Market, Near Hereford. Spun by Natural Fibre Company
Heathylee House Farm Location Derbyshire/Staffordshire border in Peak District. GUANACO - We farm a small group of 50 animals in the more windswept moorlands of the Peak District. 100% British Guanaco fibre 2 Ply yarn. Shop here
Hebridean Woolshed Location An Garradh Mor, Cille Bhrighde, Outer Hebrides. An Gàrradh Mòr flock of registered pedigree HEBRIDEAN sheep. Natural undyed. DK & Aran. Also 3plied DK Hebridean lambswool. Shop here.
Holbrook Ryelands (link goes to Fair Close Ryelands who sell the yarn from the Ryeland flock at Holbrook Farm - use contact details for mail order) Location Holbrook Farm, North Leigh, Oxon. 100gm skeins of white, undyed 4-ply RYELAND wool.
Hollinlee Yarn Location Ettrick Bridge, Scotland. Skeins of pure, undyed, natural SHETLAND yarn in different natural Shetland colours. 4-ply, DK, Aran. Spun in a local small scale mill, from fleece from our own flock of Shetland sheep.
Home Farm Wensleydales Location Border of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. Pure WENSLEYDALE wool or Wensleydale spun with Bluefaced Leicester from the farm's flocks to provide this beautifully soft 100% pure wool. Our wool is pure coloured Wensleydale in 4 ply, pure white Wensleydale Aran
and big wool and DK Wensleydale and Bluefaced Leicester combined Buy here. Spun in Yorkshire.
Hooligan Yarns Location Nottinghamshire. We have mostly GOTLAND sheep, with some interesting crosses with TEESWATER and SHETLAND that make unusual, beautiful wool. Some new additions of rescued JACOBS and LLEYN crosses provide a traditional alternative to the Gotland blends. Batches are produced by individual sheep fleece with the name and details of each boy or girl provided as a story postcard with every order. Natural undyed. Buy here
Hunting Hall Farm Location Beal, North Northumberland. "Our organic wool comes from the sheep of Hunting Hall, our small family farm in North Northumberland. Tom keeps a number of rare breed Teeswaters; a handsome sheep with a beautiful long silky fleece, highly prized for its fine, soft wool. The Teeswaters graze alongside our mixed breed flock, which includes several cross-breeds with soft, dark fleeces, perfect for our naturally coloured yarn." Natural undyed & dyed yarn in 4ply, DK & Aran. Buy here Farm on facebook and twitter
Huxtable Farm Location Devon. JACOB DK in natural undyed light, grey and dark colours. Also Huxtable Farm Cream wool (Jacob/Mohair 50/50), Dark wool (JacobXTexel/Alpaca 90/10) and Grey wool (Jacob/Mohair 75/25) Scroll down page for information about the sheep and the yarn. Contact the farm for mail order. Spun by Natural Fibre Company
Isle of Auskerry Location Auskerry, Orkney. All our products are made from our own flock of seaweed-eating, NORTH RONALDSAY sheep. Three natural undyed colours in 3 ply aran weight. Hand dyed yarn in hanks. Spun in a traditional mill in Lanarkshire, the yarn is entirely made in Scotland from our hand-clipped Fleece. Shop
Isle Yarns Location Dorset. The wool is from the POLL DORSET flock at Snelling Farm in Morton, Dorset. The yarn is available in DK 50g balls and 100g hanks, in both natural and the rich colours reflecting the stunning colours of autumn. Shop here
Kensmyth Alpaca Stud Location Cirencester. Worsted ALPACA. From heavy Aran Alpaca yarn to lightweight ply – Summer or Winter weight your choice! Colour choices: Black, White, brown, light grey, dark grey Link to shop page for Alpaca yarn. Spun by Natural Fibre Company
Kentwell Hall Farm Location Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk. The farm has a flock of rare breed NORFOLK HORN sheep. The fleece is spun into natural un-dyed 4 ply and double knitting wool in 50g balls and 100g skeins. Some is also hand dyed. For information on how to buy, mail order, and links to the hand dyed yarns, please scroll to the bottom of this page Spun by Natural Fibre Company
Lammermuir Wool Location Humbie, Longnewton, East Lothian. Shetland yarns from the Koru Flock of registered Shetland sheep. Breeding for finer fleeces. Most are hand sheared. Shetland wool in 2 ply, single ply, DK in natural undyed colours including variegated. Shop here
Lancashire Farm Wool Location Flock conservation graze in Arnside and Silverdale AONB, Lancashire. The mixed flock of North Country Cheviots, Blue-faced Leicesters and Black Welsh Mountains enjoy not only the views out over Morcambe Bay, but also the wide variety of grasses and herbs found in this beautiful area. Chunky wool either natural cream or natural grey, aran wool in natural cream. On sale at local venues & farmers' markets or contact here for mail order.
Lerryn Farm Location East Sussex. HERDWICK/BADGER FACE Aran weight, Herdwick X - Aran & DK weights. Natural undyed colours. "Our first double knit and Aran wools will be available late 2015." Available at local Farmers' Markets or by mail order - details here Spun by Natural Fibre Company
Loch Morar Crafts Location Loch Morar Croft, Bracara, Loch Morar, West Highlands of Scotland. "We hand shear our flock each year and then send wool away to be carded, spun and made into 50g balls of double knitting wool. We currently have Hebridean Wool, a dark brown, and North Country Cheviot wool, a creamy white. HEBRIDEAN. NORTH COUNTRY CHEVIOT. Information about how to purchase here
Contact 07941 071433 Spun by Natural Fibre Company.
Preseli Mohair Centre Location Pembrokeshire, Wales. Kid MOHAIR & Adult Mohair in DK and 4ply, natural undyed and dyed. Page for yarn - purchase direct from farm or contact for mail order. Spun by Natural Fibre Company
Purl Alpaca Designs Location Cambridge (ALPACA herd is at Burwash Manor) Exquisitely soft yarn, made from English alpaca fibre, prepared in house and spun in the UK. Available in pure and natural colours, our yarn retains its unique lustre – beautiful to work with and luxurious to wear. Shop for yarn
Rosedean Ryelands Location Carnoustie, Angus. Coloured RYELAND. We have a limited supply of DK wool from our flock’s 2015 clip. Processed by The Natural Fibre Company, the wool is available in 50g balls. Natural undyed colour. Shopping information here
Rosewood Farm Location Ellerton, York. Flock of KERRY HILL sheep and some of these have been crossed with Wensleydale. Undyed natural white Kerry Hill yarn in chunky, and 'Kerrydale' in Aran. Buy Kerry Hill here and Kerrydale here.
Sheepdrove Organic Farm Location Lambourn, Berkshire. Organic SHETLAND wool in natural undyed colours from the farm's flock of Shetland sheep. Information about the flock. The yarn can be bought from the Farm Shop in Lambourn or if you contact them you can buy by mail order. Spun by Natural Fibre Company
StarChild Alpacas Location Felin Pwllcornel, Penrhiwllan, Ceredigion. Herd of Huacaya & Suri ALPACAS and flock of LLANWENOG sheep. 4ply Llanwenog yarn in natural white or dyed, Fine 4ply white and dyed Alpaca yarn. Buy Llanwenog here and Alpaca yarn here.
Tamarisk Farm Organic Wool Shop Location nr Dorchester, Dorset. Organic wool in up to 15 different undyed natural colours. 4-ply, DK, Aran, Chunky. DORSET DOWN, HEBRIDEAN, JACOB and SHETLAND breeds in the flock. Shop here Spun by Natural Fibre Company
Tavistock Tastes & Textures Location Whitchurch, Tavistock. Flock of pedigree JACOB sheep. "“100% Pure Jacob Double Knitting and Light Aran Wool hand-dyed in an exciting range of colours” Shop here Spun by Natural Fibre Company Facebook
Teesdale Wool Location Gainford, Teesdale. Flock includes Swaledales, Mules, Texels and pure bred Herdwicks. Our own Teesdale wool 4 ply hanks - minimum weight 100g / 315 metres length. Ideal for knitting into socks, scarves and gloves. The hanks are un dyed and the natural colour of the sheep’s fleece. Spun by Halifax Spinning Mill.
Teeswater Wools from Higher Gills Farm Location Higher Gills Farm, Pendle Hill, Lancashire. All our products are traditionally crafted from the wool of our pedigree TEESWATER flock. Wide range of worsted spun yarns in 4-ply, DK & Aran weights. Natural undyed and random hand dyed. Hanks and cones for hand and machine knitting. To purchase, select the yarn you want from the index on the left hand side of this page
The Alpaca Barn Location Cranworth, Norfolk. This ALPACA herd was established in 1998. Alpaca yarns in natural undyed colours, 4-ply, DK & chunky Shop here (scroll down to see all the yarns on 3 pages) Spun by Natural Fibre Company
The Birlinn Yarn Company Location Sunhill 'Cnoc na Grèine' croft, Isle of Berneray, Outer Hebrides. The croft's pure HEBRIDEAN sheep produce fleece for the natural undyed brown DK & Aran yarn. Cheviot fleeces from other crofts on Isle of Berneray are blended with the Hebridean to give different shades of yarn. Shop here
The Honorwood Flocks Location Cefn Llanfair, Ceredigion, West Wales. Flocks of SHETLAND, ICELANDIC, SOAY, and JACOB sheep (all of which are coloured breeds) together with white ANGORA GOATS. Wide variety of yarns in the natural colours of the wools plus luxurious hand-dyed kid mohair and mohair/lambs’ wool mix, including hand dyed. Shop - Lambswool/Soay/Jacob yarns, Icelandic yarns, Shetland yarns, Mohair & kid mohair yarns, dyed Mohair
The Little Grey Sheep Location Well Manor Farm, Well, Hampshire. The flock includes GOTLAND and SHETLAND sheep and selective crossing of these breeds has produced STEIN Fine Wool sheep. Hand dyed. Buy Gotland here and Stein yarn here
The Living Rug Company Location Peak District. Several different breeds including GOTLAND. See photos here. "Our rare breed and English breed pet sheep live naturally and organically, on our own farm, and with the greatest care so I can harvest their wool to make wonderful, stylish rugs, yarn and accessories." Natural undyed yarn in chunky weight. Pure Gotland and blended breeds. Purchase here Spun by Natural Fibre Company. Follow on twitter and facebook
The Risby Flock of Lincoln Longwools Location Lincolnshire. 100% LINCOLN LONGWOOL Lambswool 2- ply, lace weight, 50/50 blend of Lincoln Longwool ewe & lambswool DK, both spun by Halifax Spinning Mill. Also Lincoln Longwool Shearling Aran spun by Farrlacey Mill, Horncastle. All undyed natural white. Shop page
Town End Alpacas Location Town End Farm, Crosthwaite, Kendal. Herd of coloured ALPACAS, Huacaya and Suri. Natural undyed colours and dyed colours in various weights. Shop here for undyed, and here for dyed.
Tufton Smallholding Location Whitchurch, Hants. The flock includes SHETLANDS, CORRIEDALES and HAMPSHIRE DOWN sheep. The wool is available in the natural colours of cream and pale brown and also a limited supply of coloured balls dyed with vegetable dyes. Buy from Farmers Markets local to Tufton, or shop here
Turnacre Ryeland Wool Products Location Calder Valley, nr Halifax. Flocks of white and coloured RYELAND sheep. Hand spun and mill spun Ryeland yarns. Some of the mill spun yarns include fleece from Ryeland flocks in Yorkshire, Lancashire & Essex but the individual farms are identifed on the batches of yarn. Natural undyed colours. Shop here
West Webburn Alpacas Location Ponsworthy Farm, Poundsgate, Dartmoor. Herd of Huacaya ALPACAS in all colours produce DK yarn in 3 natural undyed blended colours and natural white. Some spun by The Border Mill and some by Natural Fibre Company Shop here
Whistlebare Location North Northumberland. Mohair from our ANGORA Goats and wool from our WENSLEYDALE Sheep is spun in Yorkshire before being hand dyed, to an array of brilliant colours, back here on the farm. 4-ply, DK, Aran & Sock Yarn. Shop here. Spun by Laxtons, Yorkshire.
Woolcraft with Wensleydale Location Causeway Farm Barn, Bodle Street Green, East Sussex. The Beech Hill Flock of WENSLEYDALES has the widest range of naturally bred colours that they know of. Fine/Lace weight, DK, and DK+ yarn in natural undyed shades of Silver Grey, Steel Grey, Bitter Chocolate, and Cream. Shop here Spun by Diamond Fibre Worsted Spinning Mill
Woolly Chic Location of farm, Llangwathen, Pembrokeshire. Wool blended from the DORSET, RYELAND & TEXEL flocks on the family farm 4ply and DK, natural undyed and dyed in beautiful ice-cream inspired colours. Spun in Yorkshire. More information Shop here
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Location Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Doncaster. Hebridean sheep from the YWT flock used for conservation grazing on the Trust's reserves. Two DK yarns with different proportions of Yorkshire alpaca blended. Natural undyed colours. Spun by Halifax Spinning Mill Shop here
Ystrad Organic Wool Location Ystrad, Brechfa, Carmarthenshire. Flock of WENSLEYDALE and Welsh X Wensleydale sheep, including coloured Wensleydale. Yarns in 4ply, DK & aran in natural undyed colours of white, silver, greys & browns. Shop here Spun by Natural Fibre Company