TWO WORKHORSE YARN BASES
Amsterdammers are rarely seen without bikes just as knitters rarely leave the house without yarn and needles in tow. So, it only seemed appropriate to incorporate Amsterdam, the city of bikes, into our debut yarn names.
Bicycle, a 2-ply fingering weight wool, is perfect for use with lace and garter stitch. The 3-ply DK weight Tandem base gives beautifully smooth and clear stitch definition while the touch of Texel makes cables and textures really pop. The robust non-superwash nature of Bicycle and Tandem is crisp yet still very soft. If you are a lace lover or can’t seem to knit enough Westknits shawls, then you will appreciate the fluidity of the soft Falkland fibers as well.
Gauge listed below and on the labels represents gauge for a sturdily knit garment and should be taken as a guide. Garments and accessories designed with more drape can easily employ a much looser stitch gauge.
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90% Falkland Merino
Merino sheep on the Falkland Islands are raised in a more rugged and cool environment than their Australian cousins. The maritime climate on the islands has no marked wet and dry season. The sheep naturally needs no pesticide dip, and no mulesing is practiced. The raising of sheep on the Falkland Islands is a vital livelihood for the farmers, and can be seen as an organic undertaking, though is not certified as such.
Because of our connection to the origins of the wool clip, we know our wool is merino in quality, but can be from merino sheep very slightly crossed with Polwarth. Crosses from the Falkland Islands are approximately 1/8 Polwarth to 7/8 Merino; and are bred for wool, and not for meat. (Polwarth is a cross of 1/4 Lincoln and 3/4 Merino). Our Falkland Merino fibers are on average 23 micron and have a staple length of 80-100mm.
Texel are a breed of sheep that originated on the Dutch island of Texel, the largest of the Wadden Islands off the coast of the Netherlands in the North Sea. Texel sheep outnumber people on the island! The exact origin of the breed is unknown although it is thought to be a cross of multiple English breeds. The sturdy Texel is primarily bred for meat and makes up seventy percent of the Netherlands' national flock.
Wool from Texel sheep is 32 microns or higher, is thick with lanolin before scouring, and has a staple length of about 80-150mm. Texel fibers have a helical crimp which give them extraordinary loft and compression resistence. In addition to giving the yarn a touch of its own distinct personality, it has a practical function as well. The open space that the Texel provides allows the soft merino fibers to nestle in all directions without impacting the yarn's softness. Our Texel wool comes from white Texel sheep, but not from the island of Texel itself.