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 sheep comes originally the Cheviot Hills, area on the border of England and Scotland. They were first described in 1370 as 'a small but hardy race'. They survive well even in harsh conditions. The Cheviot ewe grazes up to 3,000 feet and can live off the hill throughout the year. Nowadays Cheviots 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.