As hardy as their appellation would suggest, they excel at grazing our diverse scrub, where they can be hard to spot under the blackthorn and gorse. Their dark fleeces bleach at the tips over the summer to average a rich Chocolate Black wool.

Because of its coarser fibres, this may not be your first choice for garments to go next to the skin of people with sensitive skins, but is excellent for harder wearing outer garments, socks and gloves. The staple is long, which allows a more relaxed spinning and contributes to its strength. The combination makes a yarn with a pleasant feel which is soft and springy to knit with.

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