Introducing: Winterburn Aran

By Ann Shayne
August 16, 2019

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  • FWIW, Baa Ram Ewe makes the most delicious yarns. I got some of their Dovestone DK in London, and it was wonderful. Also has Blueface Leicester in the belnd. They’re no longer making that one, but I think they have a similar substitute in DK.

    • Love the business name! And the pictures are wonderful. Thank you for including those. I might have to undertake my first sweater project now….

    • Yes, there’s a Winterburn DK that is gorgeous too. And Dovestone was lovely stuff—I think they had trouble getting enough Wensleydale for that blend, thus Winterburn was developed, using Masham instead.

  • Love the yarn and the sweaters!

  • Oh my word, you cannot tell us the Masham gimmer are so pretty farmers would put ribbons on them…without a photograph! We all need a little more chances to smile. XOXO to you all at MDK

    • I know, right? Will definitely get on this!

      • Please!

  • Bristol Ivy’s new Wainwright Cardigan looks perfect for Winterburn. A favorite designer’s pattern named after a favorite musician in a new favorite yarn. Gah!

    • That is a gorgeous pattern. I’ve got Winterburn Aran fever at this point—I’m seeing so many good designs out there for it. Will cook up a list.

    • There’s a Rufus “Wainwright Cardigan”!?!
      Gotta see this; heading over to Ravelry right now!!! And yay!! A yarn I can knit with, finally

  • One more question: you list the sizes “to fit bust size” whatever, but how much ease is included in each? (In other words, I’d like to know the actual measurements of each sweater size).

    • Excellent question! The Ravelry pattern page for Hadley shows both the bust measurements and the knitted measurements:

      Ease is 2-4″.

      • Thank you! (I know, I should have thought of checking Rav . . .)

  • Wondering if this yarn would be a good sub in Kate Davies Carbeth Cardigan. I’ve wanted to knit one since I first saw the pattern!

  • For anyone who wants to read more about British sheep farming this book is great James redbanks also has a podcast I think. Lots of talk of local sheep fairs.

  • Would it be equally lovely in the liberty tree pullover? My REVOLUTION field guide arrived ( many thanks) & the yarn looks delicious!

  • The pictures on the Masham Sheep Fair site are just amazing! What a special treat it would be to go there and experience it, especially the wool crafts exhibits! Can’t imagine a lovelier way to spend an October weekend.

  • I love bluefaced leicester yarn, worked with it only once from an indie-spinner, found at a fair event. I’d love to try this but in our climate (PNW) the aran would be too warm. Wish it came in DK or sport weight!

  • The Sheep Fair photos are amazing!!! I never knew there were so many varieties of sheep–including the one with 4 horns that looks like a cross between an antelope and a sheep. Great collection of sheep and human faces. Also love what I assume is a sheep race, where the entrants are being lured down the track by a man running with a feed bucket. That’s all you need to get some animals to follow you.

  • This yarn appears to be lovely. I love wool, and I like a bit of shine to make color work spark it up to artisan level. While I love you all and think you are the greatest I have a favor to ask. Some of us, if not all of us at some point are going to retire. For me as well as those whose income is small could you feature yarns that are not $28 per skein. I am now retired and no money coming in means no money going out. I hit yarn sales, destashing groups, and sometimes do yarn crawls. The women in my knitting group are like me. We watch our pennies. A yarn of such beauty and quality could only be used by me in the yoke of a sweater. The body would have to be something else.

    God knows that I have a lot of stash and I now buy patterns to use up said yarn. I am lucky in that while I worked I could stash away for a future time and now that time is happening. The future is here and I have the yarn and the time to work on my craft. I hope you realize I am not short changing the quality and beauty of the yarn. I am sure the cost is appropriate its just, damn that’s expensive!

  • Just curious: Is the yarn woolen spun or worsted spun. Looks luscious!

  • Oh, my! I love to spin masham and bfl. This is beaaautiful!