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About sheep

Many of our natural yarn kits use wool from single breeds of sheep. Here we have given a little information about each of the breeds growing the wools supplied by Sheepfold.
Badgerface Welsh Mountain — Torddu and Torwen
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Torddu is Welsh for ‘black belly’, a characteristic of these badger-faced Welsh mountain sheep. A black stripe runs from chin, along the belly to the tail. Additionally, they have partly black legs, ears and stripes on their faces. The main fleece varies from pure white and grey to light brown. The reverse colourway is known as Torwen, which is Welsh for ‘white belly’. The rams of this medium-sized badger-faced Welsh mountain sheep have dark spiral horns.

This ancient Welsh breed was once very common, but became less so during the Middle Ages when pure white wool was in high demand. Numbers are now increasing with naturally coloured wool being loved by handspinners and knitters alike.

Torwen wool can be bought in 50g aran weight balls from Sheepfold’s wool shop.
Further information
Information comes from the relevant sheep breeders' societies and from British Sheep and Wool, published by the British Wool Marketing Board, and British Sheep, published by the National Sheep Association. You can find information about other British breeds in these two publications. RBST classifications are taken from their 2016 Watchlist.
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