When we first conceived of Appledore we just knew we had to make a laceweight version and oh blimey it does not disappoint! Due to its crisp handle, this yarn will hold its block impeccably, making it ideal for delicate lace and those dappled shades almost look hand dyed in the lace version – so anything you decide to make with this yarn will have a unique heirloom feel. These skeins are 50g so you’ll be able to play around with the shades to your hearts content.
All the fibre in our Appledore range is sourced from right here in the West Country, and, with a palette of unusual heathered shades, perfectly encapsulates our ethos. Like all our yarns, Appledore is steeped in our fibre heritage (all hail those vintage machines of ours). We have blended together Devon Closewool, a moorland breed with rustic and grippy fibre, with lustrous and characterful Romney and our old favourite, the gloriously bouncy Exmoor Blueface. The resulting blend is packed full of woolly bounce and a smattering of lustre, the perfect canvas for Appledore’s range of playful modern shades.
These skeins are 50g and 275m (so 550m per 100g)
|Meterage||275 metres per 50g|
|Composition||40% Devon Closewool / 40% Romney / 20% Exmoor Blueface|
Hand wash at low temperature with mild detergent
When creating Appledore’s palette we were drawn to the depth of tone found in traditional tweed textiles. Many of the shades in Appledore’s orchard of delights have been blended using four or five different base shades, creating a sublime richness to the colours. The shades are all named after different varieties (or cultivars, if you want to get all fancy) of apples that we have here in the West Country. Some of them are rather puntastic as we love a good chuckle round here…
This yarn has a distinctive rustic halo (the handle is a little reminiscent of a Shetland yarn). The resulting fabric has wonderfully warm woolly halo and a full-boddied texture. Because of this halo and it’s two ply nature, the resulting Yarn can be worked at both a tight and looser gauge, as the halo of fibres will simply expand to fill in any gaps around the stitches. With Appledore we have created a durable workhorse yarn which is pill resistant and ideally suited for everyday wear – plus it will hold its block impecably if used for lace knitting!
Although all worsted spun yarns have a lot of drape, this blend has slightly less than the majority of our yarns, giving it a cosy heirloom feel. For spinners this composition also has the added bonus of increased grip and texture from the more rustic breeds, making it one of our grippiest bases. It is a perfect Tops blend to try, if you’re still gaining in confidence and refining your craft.
Whether you’re after the Yarn or Tops, our Appledore is a lively blend with an unpretentious air. It’s the ideal fibre to wear whilst rambling out and about scrumping apples. With twenty unusual heathered shades to choose from, you’re sure to find a colour combination which makes your heart glad.