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Meet the Sheep

Heather Best | 04 November, 2022

            Meet the Sheep

Have you tried any of the yarns from my Sustain line yet? 

I mentioned how the name "S U S T A I N" came about in this post and how my (now retired)  Sustain Music Studio lives on in a small way through this yarn. This special line of yarn is far more than just "untreated" or Non-superwash yarn. In order to meet the criteria to be considered sustain it must be domestically (U.S.) produced from hoof to dye pot.

Let's meet the sheep that make Sustain so unique and beautiful. After all; it all begins with them. I've been experimenting with a few different blends including Corriedale, Finn, and Dorset. (More fun new yarns coming for 2023!)


***Shop the S U S T A I N collection here.***

Corriedale: (Currently used in my Sustain Corrie DK)

image of two corriedale sheep in a pen with hay stuck to their fleeces

  • Out of all the breeds of sheep that are used for wool production, the Corriedale sheep breed is by far the oldest and was a cross breed Lincoln and Merino.
  • They have a thick fleece coat, that comes in high quantities.
  • Their wool is a great length (3-6 inch staple) and is soft compared to the wool of many other breeds (Micron count between 25-31). This is a trait they inherited from their Merino ancestors. Blended with merino the corriedale helps improve pilling and creates a soft and sturdy knitted fabric.
  • These Sheep have a white face, black hooves, and black nose.

Dorset: (Currently used in my (very) limited run of Dorset Sock)

a dorset sheep and her ewe are snuggled up together under a hedge in a grassy field.

  • Dorsets can be traced back to Wales, Dorset, Devon, and Somerset.
  • The Dorset is one of the oldest sheep breeds in existence.
  • There are two types of Dorset Sheep. Horned and Polled (no horns).
  • Their fleece commonly has a micron count between 26-32 with a long staple length between 3-5 inches, which improves pilling and makes for a very sturdy sock yarn.

Finnsheep: (Used in my Sustain Finn Sport)

  • This breed of sheep was developed in Finland.
  • Their wool is great quality with an excellent luster, very silky with a great curl. It is durable, lightweight and relatively soft with a staple length between 3-5 inches and micron count between 24-31. Blending Finnsheep with Merino helps create a very durable yarn without reduced pilling for hard wearing garments that still feel nice to wear.  
  • These sheep are mainly white but there are various other colors such as black, brown, and reddish-brown. 
  • It is common for this breed to have three, four, or even five lambs at once.