Blue (Woad) Yarn

Blue (Woad) Yarn

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100% wool from Cheviot sheep, dyed in woad (Isatis tinctoria) leaves.
Thickness: Aran

Perfect for knitting, crocheting and naalbinding!

About the yarn:
The Cheviot originated in the Cheviot Hills, on the border of England and Scotland. They did well in those bleak, windswept conditions. They were first described aboud 1370 as 'a small but hardy race'. The Cheviot ewe can be found grazing up to 3,000 feet and is expected to live off the hill throughout the year. Nowadays they are appreciated and kept all over the UK.
About the dyestuff:
Woad is dyeing plant known since the Ancient times. In Medieval it was favoured especially by Baltic tribes and Vikings, who were even called (from their favourite colours) "blue-green people" in Irish chronicles. Dyeing with woad required great skills and a knowledge, as its leaves needed to be fermentated in proper conditions (and with mysterious and smelly ingredients, like a human urine!).