Friday, September 16th, 2016 Posted in Current Issue, General News, New arrivals at Halcyon Yarn, New Yarn | No Comments »
I’ve fallen in love with Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran - Organic Merino Yarn. Not that I’m that hard a sell, usually. But I think you might fall in love with it too once you check it out! That’s because not only is this yarn beautiful to look at, it also has a beautiful story. The Falkland Islands are widely known for producing some of the highest quality wool in the world. In fact, I recently read that every bit of land on these islands is used as pasture for… you guessed it, sheep. Not only are the islands a friendly habitat for our woolly friends, but they’re also home to an abundance of animal life from birds to fish. I mean, I’m a little jealous of the sheep below, chillin’ with Megallanic penguins and geese. Looks like someone took the most beautiful rolling sheep pastures and dumped them in the middle of a brightly colored ocean. Those sheep are luuu-cky. Well, the wool this yarn is made of comes straight from that paradise.
Sure, the setting is lovely. But those sheep are especially happy because they are allowed to roam free, all over the giant sheep pasture islands where humans just happen to also live. The sheep are never dragged back in to treat with chemicals (it’s not uncommon for farmers to spray the sheep, or have them swim through a “dip” of pesticides and other chemicals to ward off a variety of ailments). The only time they come in is when it’s time to be sheared.
Isn’t that a great story? I feel like such a nerd for saying this, but after writing and reading more about the Falkland Islands I am DYING to go there. Work trip, anyone? Anyway, dream vacations aside – these people take great care of their sheep and the Debbie Bliss team knows that means the wool is top-tier. Offered in a beautiful color palette that initially draws you in, you’re not disappointed when you do the “pinch” test. This is an incredibly soft wool, and not even a blend at that. 100% super soft happy sheep’s wool.
Debbie Bliss also released a little book of patterns to go along with the yarn, the Debbie Bliss Pure Bliss - Falkland Aran book. Drawing from traditional cabled and textured designs, the patterns in this book are wonderfully modern. The Cable Jacket that’s featured on the cover is actually my favorite. It’s made of seemingly mismatched pieces, each featuring their own cable pattern. When put together, it makes a beautifully modern, unexpectedly simple jacket.
This yarn and the patterns that go with it are part of the Debbie Bliss Pure Bliss Collection, which also includes Lhasa, a cashmere/yak blend. Although the Lhasa is stunning in its own right, the Falkland Aran is far from overshadowed. But I’ll tell you more about Lhasa later… For now, catch the Falkland Aran while it’s on sale!Related items of interest: