Aran-weight Yarn 100% Mergelland wool grown in Belgium spun in the United Kingdom needles or hook: 4-5 mm (us 6-8) gauge: 10 x 10 cm (4” x 4”) = 17 sts x 24 rows weight and length: 50 g (1.8 oz) = about 70 m (77 yds)
Mergelland is our first yarn for knitting and crochet. It's an aran weight yarn (needle size 4 to 5 mm) spun entirely from the wool of Mergelland sheep. The Mergelland sheep is an old and rare breed, tall and hornless, with a fine and lustrous fleece. Mergelland is sturdy and durable, perfect for your favourite ever-lasting winter sweater. It's a worsted yarn, which means the fibers have been combed to get them all in the same direction before spinning. That makes for a stronger yarn, because we think that if you do the effort to knit a garment it should last long!
We source our wool from Natuurpunt’s Mergelland flock. By doing so we support a local and rare breed and the preservation of nature: the sheep graze Natuurpunt’s reserves in South-Limburg. These lands haven’t been treated with chemical fertilisers or pesticides. The sheep are treated well: their tails haven’t been cut, they’re not mulesed and they haven’t been dipped in a chemical bath.
The Natural Fibre Company spins our yarn. They specialise in rare breeds. Their site in Cornwall, UK, is actually as local as you can get it. These days, most spinning mills are in faraway countries where wages are low and the use of harmful chemicals is less restricted than in Europe.
Mergelland is undyed, using the natural colours of the sheep to produce the different shades.