Three weeks ago we introduced you to this wonderful breed of sheep that is Jacob. Jacobs can be commonly seen grazing all over the country and is usually a good breed to look for when you want to buy a yarn made from 100% British wool. Spun in Yorkshire, the West Yorkshire Spinners – 100% Jacob DK is one of them. I used it for one of my project last year and as we already dedicated a blog post on Jacobs, we thought it would be good to give you a little feedback on this beautiful yarn.
About a year ago, I decided to knit a big poncho in which I could wrap myself during long winter walks and evenings spent at home lazing on my sofa. Something warm, comfy that would feel like a giant blanket. It was also my first big project so the pattern needed to be fairly straight forward. Dove by Kim Hargreaves, met all my requirements. It’s big, with a wide turtle-neck and is simply knitted as a long rectangle with one hole at the center for the neckline. As explained in our previous post on Jacob sheep, Jacob fleece is warm, strong and hard wearing which is absolutely perfect for a outerwear piece like this one. The pattern asking for a DK weight yarn, it seemed obvious that the WYS – Jacob DK would be the best possible option.
This yarn comes in 4 beautiful natural colours; one white, two greys and one black. Those variations are created by blending together the white and black fleece characteristic of the breed, freeing the yarns of any dyes or chemicals used in industrial dying. It’s been treated with so little products that it even smells like sheep! If you’re put off by the idea, do not worry the smell nearly completely goes after blocking so there is no risk your garment will end up smelling like a sheepfold.
Overall the pattern was really easy to follow and it was a perfect project to knit while having a chat with a friend or watching telly as it didn’t require much concentration. I am also really pleased with the result; it is incredibly warm and considering I nearly used 9 skeins and an half of wool, it doesn’t feel heavy at all when wearing it. If you’re looking for a strong DK yarn with a rustic feel for one of your project, I’d strongly suggest you to consider the WYS Jacob DK. Not only the quality of this yarn is great but it’s also really affordable and an absolute dream to work with!
Until Next Time… Happy Knitting!