Chocolate Brown (Alder's bark) Yarn

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100% wool from Cheviot sheep, dyed in alder's (Alnus glutinosa) bark.

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:

There are couple of confirmed cases of usage alder's bark for dyeing in Early Medieval (on some textiles from Novgorod), but guessing for it's popularity in European folk dyeing (Slavic, German, Baltic, etc.), it was used quite widely.