Inspired by nature

On the Swedish island of Gotland, between limestone beaches and wind-torn pines, a knitting tradition, unbroken for centuries, quietly thrives. Shapes, patterns and techniques are passed down through the generations to be treasured and maintained. The knitters’ creativity is free and adventurous, but the raw material remains the wool of the island’s sheep that have lived alongside them since the Viking age.

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We share this spirit of joyous exploration of the old, the simple and the unchanging. Respecting our history, our neighbours, our animals and the seasons means we have to be patient. If getting a batch of the most brilliantly spun yarn from the finest and happiest flock of Wensleydale sheep or English cashmere goats means having to wait a year then we wait. And if we can only get enough yarn for one knitted piece then we will just make one.

Sourcing the yarn
 

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We only use yarns that are interesting, full of character and completely natural. They may be chosen for their softness, structure, shine or any other quality that grabs us. Once a yarn has caught our imagination, a new piece will be designed to suit it. Many of our yarns come from small farms with only a few animals. This means some of our designs can only be made in a very small number.

The Wensleydale Sheep
North Yorkshire, UK

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This sheep is large and heavy. Its broad back and its floor-length locks makes it look at once statuesque and bovine. It moves with a surprisingly cheerful, horse-like stride, is even-tempered and friendly, and its fleece makes the finest and most valuable longwool in the world. Thanks to the quality of the fleece and the length of each hair, the yarn is strong even when loosely spun and is remarkably soft against the skin. It has lightness, structure and an unusual metallic shine.

Our yarn is sourced from Yorkshire and Suffolk, UK

The Black Wensleydale Sheep
North Yorkshire, UK

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This is the same breed as the Wensleydale, but its colour can be any shade of brown or black. The dark colour is caused by a double recessive gene, which means a black lamb can be born to an otherwise white flock. Traditionally this was seen as a flaw, but the Black Wensleydale wool is now more sought after due to its rarity.

Our yarn is sourced from Yorkshire and Suffolk, UK

The Gotland Sheep
Gotland, Sweden

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This sheep gives a dainty impression, with a smooth black head and elegant legs sticking out from a dense, tightly curled, evenly grey fleece. It is friendly, inquisitive and motherly, and is the direct descendant of the Gute sheep, a breed that dates back to the Viking age and still survives here. Unlike the Gotland, the Gute has large horns and a varied, sometimes mottled fleece. The Gotland wool is strong, warm, full of structure and builds up a soft halo over time.

Our yarn is sourced from Gotland

The Alpaca
Peru & UK

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A gentle and inquisitive, but cautious animal of the camelid family, and a relative of the llama. Alpacas are highly sociable, make a variety of sounds and protect their families by grouping together to attack predators. Their agreeable nature has made them a favourite with farmers around the UK, and as they are traditionally kept at high altitude all year round, their hardiness has allowed them to adapt easily to the British climate. The yarn is both softer and warmer than sheep wool, with a heavy drape and silky shine.

Our yarn is sourced from Peru and the UK

The Cashmere Goat
Asia & UK

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Most goats produce two kinds of coat. One coarser outer coat, and a soft, downy undercoat. The undercoat grows in response to the shortening of the days from the summer solstice to the winter solstice. There are many local cashmere breeds mainly in China and Inner Mongolia. Scottish Cashmere, even though the fleeces themselves are imported, earns its reputation through its spinning tradition and careful selection of fibre. There is a very small number of cashmere goats in the UK, producing cashmere yarn of extraordinary quality.

We source Scottish and English cashmere.

Handcrafted in
London

Everything is made in our studio in London. Each piece is handcrafted using a combination of hand and machine knitting techniques and can take anything from a few hours to several weeks to complete. Once the knitting stage is finished the piece is hand washed and blocked. This involves laying the piece flat onto a board, carefully pinning it into its finished shape and letting it dry. The drying is done naturally and can take several days depending on the bulk of the piece and the temperature and humidity of the air.