What Is Welsh Mule?
Welsh Mule is a breed of sheep...from, you guessed it! Wales.
Technically a cross-breed, it is the result of breeding a Blueface Leicester Ram with the local Welsh Beulah or Welsh Hill Speckled-face ewes - each breed imparting its very best qualities to the offspring.
The Welsh Mule produces a fine, high quality wool with natural lustre - it is surprisingly soft and incredibly versatile.
Under UK Law, all wool has to be collected by the British Marketing Board and is labelled as "British" regardless of its specific location - unless exemption is given for special breeds.
In 2008, HRH The Prince of Wales set in place the Cambrian Mountains Initiative, one of 4 rural initiatives aimed at supporting and developing the upland farming economies of Mid Wales, Dartmoor, the Peak District and The North Highlands.
In Mid Wales the Initiative began work with local farmers to market lamb, and started to explore how best to make the most of wool.
After a lot of hard work, the result was the establishment of Gwlân Cambrian Wool CIC ( a Community Interest Company) A CIC is a limited company with some differences which ensure a fairer way of doing business, such as a greater proportion of net profit being retained for projects beneficial to the community.
At last! A fine wool, sourced directly from Welsh Flocks and openly recognised as Welsh Wool - we couldn't be happier to support Cambrian Wool by sourcing our lovely Welsh Mule yarn from a small business that supports the local community.
As a Yarn...
We offer Welsh Mule in a DK and 4ply/Sport weight - each skein is hand dyed using (mostly organic) plant extracts - to imbue the yarn with a natural, earthy palette reflective of the Welsh countryside and all its dramatic beauty.
Both weights are extremely versatile and quite comfortable at a variety of gauges as the lofty fibres contract or bloom depending on the size needle used.
If you have a pattern in mind, take a moment to knit up a swatch - otherwise, look out for patterns that require a 100% wool, non superwash fibre.
You wont be disappointed.
Welsh Mule Light
- 300m / 328 y per 100g skein
- Can be knit as 4ply or Sport weight
On its own it can create a dense, durable fabric on smaller needles- with a slight bite it is wonderful for stranded colour work. Texture, cables and lacework are well defined.
3.5mm - 4.5mm needles give the knitted yarn a subtle drape, creating a flattering silhouette that is extremely comfortable to wear.
- Worsted Spun
- 200m/ 219y per 100g
Rounded, plump strands that create a warm, soft fabric - each stitch is well defined and perfectly suited to create definition whether that be a cable, bobble or twisted rib.
Photos by Paula Goosen / Moel View Yarn