In the Yorkshire countryside near Halifax, at Turnacre Ryeland Wool Products, Julie Turner is busy spinning wool from her son and daughter-in-law’s pedigree Ryeland and Coloured Ryeland flocks - known for their fine, soft and fluffy fleece. “Yarn made with this wool is very springy with good elasticity,” says Julie. “The fibres have much crimp which, once spun into yearn, create pockets of air which make the yarn warm and cosy. Textured stitches and cables hold their shape particularly well.” Julie works with beautiful natural colours – Ryelands produce creamy white fl eece, while Coloured Ryelands produce a solid colour or variations in one fleece, from the lightest to darkest grey or mid to dark brown, with sun-bleached tips. Turnacre also sells mill-spun Ryeland yarn from other breeders, plus patterns from designers including Jacinta Bowie.
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