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Blue Faced Leceister

We have 8 colors of Juniper Moon's newest yarn for 2021 - Blue Faced Leceister. And another 1 or 2 on backorder!

Blue Faced Leceister is a breed of sheep belonging to the Long Wool class of British breeds. It's locks are usually 3-6" long (hence, Long Wool) and typically in the micron range of 24 - 28 (regular merino is 21.5, for perspective). So it is pretty darn soft and the staple length of the locks yields a good durability to the yarn. And.... because the locks of this breed are not so "crimpy" but rather have a ringlet/wave sort of configuration (see a sample of the lock formation in the right sidebar), the wool has a gorgeous drape and hand (as compared to Merino and Rambouillet and other "crimpier" breeds that have more elasticity and bounce and less drape).

This particular yarn is raised in England from farms that promise ethical production and it is spun in Turkey. The recommended gauge is 4.5 - 5 sts/inch on a US 6-7 needle

Of course, the red color that we knit up the headband and mittens in is on backorder! But the other colors are gorgeous and some of the lighter ones, in particular, will show off a stitch pattern even better (lighter colors always show stitch patterns better than darker!)

Be sure to click on the photos for a larger image where you can see the colors better!

Each skein 220 yards. The yarn offers a wonderful drape and stitch definition making it a great choice for a classic sweater featuring travelling stitches, knit/purl stitches, cables, etc.

Price: $18.00/sk


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