Colour 227 Thunderstorm
Special vintage wool from rare sheep, providing a refined melange look for tops and accessories
Manx Loaghtan is an endangered sheep breed (with less than 1,500 ewes), which originally comes from the Isle of Man. Only once each year do we receive a small amount of wool and its look varies a bit depending on the weather conditions. Therefore, we mark each skein like a good wine, with soil and vintage. We donate a part of the proceeds (so far €18,000) to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, which supports endangered sheep breeds. The wool comes from certified organic farming at Langley Chase Farm in Wiltshire, England. There, Jane Kallaway lovingly ensures that her animals lead a happy life.
The wool of the Manx Loaghtan is precious and rare. All the more important that it is processed with particular care. For this we work with small manufactories in England. They blend the brownish Manx wool with our Argentine merino. The result is a yarn that is not only high-quality, but also pleasantly soft. They spin and dye the yarn with traditional machines and careful manual work exactly according to our specifications. Rosy has adapted the colour palette to the fibre's subtle light-dark reflexes, that give the knitted pieces a special look.
We know that each of our producers does their work out of passion for the greater good. However, that fact alone is not enough for us. We also want to be able to guarantee it. That's why our wool is 100% GOTS certified. This means that animal welfare, fair working conditions, high environmental requirements and a restricted number of permitted chemicals are regularly tested by independent organisations. For every single one of our producers and for our company. So that our wool feels even better.
Looking for inspiration on how to turn our yarn into stunning knitwear? You'll find many great ideas in our PDF patterns - written by well-known designers for the Manx Merino Fine line. With modern knitting techniques, well explained, ranging from easy to medium level of difficulty.