When I participated in #spinchat awhile ago I learned about the vast number of different sheep breeds producing different types of wool that can be spun into yarn for us crocheters and knitters. Each yarn behaves a little bit differently. Each one has its pros and cons. The only way to discover the absolute perfect yarn for different project types for yourself is to experiment with different options.

Sim, I suppose that this may just be my justification for having a huge estoque de fios. But I’m mentioning it today because there is an opportunity via Etsy to sample different types of breeds in small batches of yarn to get a sense of the different options available. This option comes from KoutureCrochet.

Different Sheep Breed Yarn Types


We all know that there are different fibers for yarn: , alpaca, camelo, iaque, acrylic and other syntheticsBut when you get really immersed in the world of yarn (especially if you start getting into yarn spinning) then you learn that within each of those categories are different options as well. Each individual breed of sheep has different fiber with different properties that will create different yarn and if you try a lot of them you may begin to see those subtleties.

Azul enfrentou Leicester (BFL) is a popular choice with spinners. Merino wool is popular yarn with crocheters. But there are so many others including: Finn, Jacob, Cormo, Flakland, Shetland, Corriedale, Romney, Polwarth, Leadersheep Islandês, Gotland, Wensleydale, Friessian, Cheviot, Floresta de Clun, and Coopworth.

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Single Breed Sheep Yarns

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I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about these different breeds I’ve mentioned. But when KoutureCrochet did her now-fully-funded Kickstarter project (designed to bring unique yarn breeds to the masses as samples) I learned a little bit more about those yarn breeds. What I learned most of all that makes sense but I hadn’t thought about before is that there’s a difference between single breed sheep yarns and blends. Many spinners will blend a few different types of sheep yarn with a silk or synthetic yarn. And that’s fine. But if you want to learn more about the unique properties of a specific type of sheep yarn then you will want to try single breed sheep yarns to start seeing those subtleties.

9 Breed Yarn Collection


KoutureCrochet’s Kickstarter project was great because it offered the opportunity for investors to sample many different types of yarn that she had hand-spun herself. Although the project’s funding period is over, you still have the chance to enjoy those yarn samples through sale in her Etsy shop. She’ll be adding different opportunities to do that over time but right now what you can purchase is the most popular package from her Kickstarter project which is a 9 Breed Yarn Collection.

What you purchase:

  • 9 one ounce hand-spun skeins of two-ply yarn, each made from a single sheep breed
  • The chance to try a multitude of different single breed sheep yarns including Blue Faced Leicester, Cheviot, Corriedale, Masham, Merino, Polwarth, Shetland and Gray Suffolk.
  • A selection of yarn ranging from fingering weight to worsted weight.

The yarn that you purchase now will be shipped out in March/April. Did you know that yarn has seasons? Bem, that’s not quite true but there’s a shearing season for sheep, which you can learn about by visiting your local fiber farm!


San Francisco com base e crochê obcecada pelo escritor, sonhador e espírito criativo!

6 Comentários

  1. undergroundcrafter Resposta

    I’m glad her project was funded. I did an interview with her when the Kickstarter was still gathering steam.

    • CrochetBlogger Resposta

      @undergroundcrafter Sim, and people should check it out at http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/?p=8372. :) Marie, your interviews are always wonderful and since I know and trust you you’re welcome to plug the links on my blog!

      • undergroundcrafter Resposta

        @CrochetBlogger Oh thank you, that is very kind! She is an interesting crocheter and am glad she had this idea. I myself wish I knew more about the different breeds.

        • CrochetBlogger Resposta

          @undergroundcrafter Have you gotten anywhere on spinning yet? I keep looking at my spindle and thinking it’s time to learn. :)

        • undergroundcrafter Resposta

          @CrochetBlogger No, I’ve been pretty lackluster about spinning. I’m hoping to take another class soon

  2. PLEEEEAAAASE tell me that you do know that the photo at the top is not of sheep but of Angora goats??? Just an fyi: Fiber from an Angora goat is called Mohair. The fiber labeled “Angorá” is actually from the Angora rabbit (which was named after the goat). These are female Angoras, except for the one male there. …e sim, my kid goats do get calledlambs” Muito!

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