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14
Aug

Sheep Week: Bluefaced Leicester

Written by Sarah. Posted in sheep week

BlueFaceLeicesterimage via

It’s Sheep Week! So let’s talk about some sheep, shall we? Even non-knitters are vaguely familiar with the Merino breed of sheep so I’d like to introduce you to the Bluefaced Leicester. If you haven’t encountered the BFL yet, give some of their fiber a try! BFL yarn has recently become one of my favorite to work with and it’s been gaining popularity among spinners, dyers, and knitters over the past few years.

blue faced leicester image via Breezy Meadows

This British longwool breed has no wool on its neck or long face. It’s a relatively new breed of sheep, developed in the early 20th century. BFL is known for being tougher and less elastic than merino while still being rather soft. Its soft drape makes it a wonderful fiber for shawls while its hard-wearing wool makes it a great option for socks.

Have you knit with BFL yarn? What did you like about it? Do you have a favorite sheep breed?

ps. Don’t forget that The Crash is on sale for $3 all week!

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