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At last! Our brand new Limited Edition colours of Doulton Border Leicester yarn is here.
Available in both DK and 4 Ply, the new colours are absolutely beautiful and complement the existing range.

We’re offering a beautiful bright juicy purple, Cringle Moor, a fabulous green, Dalby Forest, a lovely silvery grey, Wainstones and an absolutely amazing navy, Semerwater. These go so well with our existing colours of natural, Sheep, Dark Grey, Alum Beck, a light green, Appleton Wiske, a very bright and beautiful blue, Doulton Blue, and a great deep pinky maroon, Roseberry Topping!

This yarn is not only grown and spun in the UK, but also farm assured. Raised by Ellie Stokeld, this flock of  slaughter free pedigree sheep produce fibre which is lustrous, bouncy, with a smooth soft handle, which takes dyes very well.

Available from our website

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust is delighted to be working with BorderLeicester Breeders and the Society of Border Leicester Sheep Breeders to promote this versatile breed. Currently listed as "At Risk" on our Watchlist of native breeds, the Border Leicester excels as a maternal breed, a producer of fine fibre and high quality meat, and is popularin the show ring- in addition to it's traditional role as a crossing sire. We believe the future is bright for the Border Leicesters and look forward to seeing numbers increase in the coming years.

Top price £2100 for Tom Tennant (Westforth) Lot 69. Drennan's Yeats sired Shearling out of Chartley Izzy ewe.
Then £1400 for Champion Alticane Shearling Lot 64. Lyham Lord Kelso sired Shearling out of Knockglass Cruiser ewe.
The Reserve Champion Doulton Shearling Lot 5 made £1000. Doulton Gentleman Jim sired shearling out of Westforth Zeus dam.
Overall average £430.92 for 65 sold which is £15/hd up on previous year.

Top price of £3,300 at the Society Sale at Lanark 14/9/16 with 74 tup lambs averaging £482 (£95/head up on last year and £193/hd up on the year before that!). Females were a fantastic trade too with gimmers averaging £436.67 and ewe lambs £323.57. There were 6 ram lambs selling into 4 figures.

Top price £3,300 for David & Ian Walker (Alticane) with Knowhead Prospect sired ram lamb out of Atok Atomic sired ewe, selling to Tom Nelson (Kilphin).

Jimmy Douglas (Clola) made £2,000 for his Muirmouth Real Deal sired ram lamb out of a Didcot Real Diamond sired ewe, selling to Duncan Whyte (Mearns).

Keith Hourston's (Didcot) pen cleared over £1,000 for 3 out of the 7 forward.

Jackie Harrrison (Lammermuir) made £1,150 for his Knockglass Sunrise sired ram lamb out of Alticane Arkle sired ewe, selling to Henry Miller (Aimister).

Mary Laidlaw (Drennans) was overall Champion with her Kilphin Kipling sired ram lamb out of a Barclaven Blockckbuster sired ewe. This lamb went on to sell for £650 to Messrs Grant & Wright (Benroy).

Reserve Champion was Keith Hourston (Didcot) with his Ditton Grandprix sired lamb out of Gateside Glint ewe. Sold for £920 to Joe Adams (Holmview).

We are so excited to be able to let you all know about our new Autumn and Winter Collections.

In mid September we are launching our NEW Autumn Collection of Aran weight yarn in the most exquisite colours. Three new colours plus our Sheep and Doulton Blue. Super colours in a super yarn!

We will be launching them at Yarndale.

They are Limited Ediion so grab them them while you can!

Two or three weeks later we are launching our Winter Collection of 3 new warm and spicy colours, which will brighten even thev darkest winter days!

Watch this space!!


Our beautiful new Limited Edition Aran yarn is now here. Launched on the 23rd September at Yarndale it has sold very well so far. In five exquisite colours, three new and 2 existing, there is a great choice for everyone!

A generous 175 metres per 100 gm skein, it knits to a tension of 18 sts x 25 rows to 4 inches on 5 mm (US 8) needles and, like all weights of this beautiful yarn, gives wonderful cable, textured and stocking stitch definition, perfect for garments, accessories and blankets.

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