Thursday, May 11, 2006

It's Blue-Faced Leicester Thursday!

Behold the Blue-Faced Leicester sheep!



Bred in England from longwool sheep, they get their name from their so-called blue face, meaning white hairs on black skin (no, it's not really blue-blue). They grow high-quality yarn, with nice luster and relatively long fibers. Photo credit: Blue-Faced Leicester Sheep Breeders Association of Great Britain.

I'm off to finish listing these Blue-Faced Leicester goodies:



a huge hank of Blue-Faced Leicester in shades of, well, blue, along with two smaller sportweight runs (good for socks and a little thicker than fingering weight so they'll knit up faster) and two batches of spinning top. If you're interested in some aran-weight Blue-Faced Leicester, shoot me an email and give me a sense for how much yardage you'd want. I might be able to order some.

4 comments:

Mindy said...

Oh, that's pretty. What are you doing to us?????

Mel said...

Thou foul temptress! I'm trying not to blow my NHSW budget before I get there. The cornflower merino arrived in the mail today, btw. It is truly lovely. Thank you, thank you.

Jeanne said...

I normally lurk, but had to unlurk when I looked at the yarn on Etsy. Wow - beautiful! I really want the DK weight Blue Faced Leicester (shades of blue) - really want it! But since I...ahem...extended my budget a bit at Maryland, I can't do it this month. Love your yarn...! I think I'll add a bit into next month's yarn budget!

Franklin said...

I think Blue-Faced Leicester is my favorite sheep breed name. It makes it sound like they've been out in the cold too long.

Are there Red-Faced Leicesters who embarrass easily?

Or Brown-Nosed Leicester's who are always kissing up to the shepherd?