Dovestone DK celebrates the beautiful locks of the Wensleydale, but combined with another local breed, the Masham, reflecting the combined strength and softness ingrained in the Yorkshire character. For those less familiar with the Masham, it is a lovely looking breed with ringlets of fleece inherited from its Teeswater female mother, but also a sturdiness and loftiness from its hill-loving male ancestry, the Dalesbred. In fact, Masham 'Gimmer' (female) lambs were considered so pretty farmers would tie ribbons in their fleece before taking them to market. This breed of sheep is so synonymous with the region's wool heritage that the North Yorkshire town of Masham still has its own sheep fair every year.
Titus is a stunning, luxurious yarn with a Yorkshire accent. It blends the beautiful long locks of the quintessential Yorkshire sheep, the Wensleydale, mixes it with the finest of all the British sheep breeds, the Bluefaced Leicester, and then adds another little Yorkshire surprise, which gave the inspiration for the name.
Sir Titus Salt was a Leeds born wool manufacturer who became tired of the smoke and pollution emanating from Yorkshire's mills and factory chimneys and built a new mill on the outskirts of Shipley, which became the village of Saltaire, now a World Heritage Site. But this wasn't Sir Titus' only achievement. In 1836, he came upon some bales of Alpaca in a warehouse in Liverpool and bought the consignment. Sir Titus became the creator of the lustrous and subsequently hugely fashionable alpaca cloth, which contributed massively to his success as a manufacturer. That is why there is 30% of the finest, softest, natural British alpaca in this yarn, which adds that little bit of magic.
They are available now in a gorgeous range of colours - see these and more in my shop.
Many thanks to Baa Ram Ewe for sharing the story of their yarn.