This lovely colour is the result of careful blending and we are delighted with the result. It is spun using lots of white fleeces mixed with just the few black and grey fleeces we have. Because it is made up from wools of different colours mixed together and because it is not blended fully there is a light and variety in the colour which gives a feeling of life to the yarn. It is exquisite in simple textures and with lacy panels (see the product gallery for examples). It also works well as a very delicate contrast with the White Shetland. There is scope to experiment with different colour combinations as we have this same thickness of yarn in a total of nine Shetland colours, tweed-grey and charcoal from the Jacobs and a rich chocolate black from the Hebrideans.
Shetland 4 ply is our yarn that is best suited for light lacy fabrics. Traditional Shetland lace shawls were made of a single ply called fingering and were so fine that they could be passed through a wedding ring! This 4ply is our finest wool but is not quite as thin, so your shawl may not thread through your ring. Nonetheless, it gives some of the same feeling of delicacy in the fabric and is very warm for its weight.
We have also found its softness very comfortable for socks, but as it is pure wool you will find it worth remembering (or if you are under about 50 years old, learning) how to darn. One solution is to reinforce the heels with our harder wearing (Chocolate Black) Hebridean wool. These are creative activities for which you can make use of the range of colours!