Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop was established in 1989 and is based in the wide Yorkshire Dales valley of Wensleydale, part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Originally located on farms at Spennithorne, then Garriston, the shop has now moved to the centre of the popular market town of Leyburn in lower Wensleydale. Our colours and designs are inspired by the seasons and their changing moods on the rivers, moors, hills and dales and by the hues of the local limestone. Our shades from the Dales!
The Wensleydale Sheep originated in 1839 with Blue Cap, a large Leicester tup or ram crossed with a local Mug or Teeswater. Blue Cap, a sheep of immense strength and character had a very dark head and skin but his fleece was white, lustrous and curly, and the amazing Wensleydale was born. The rare breed Wensleydale Sheep produce the finest and most valuable lustre longwool in the world.
Our yarn is commissioned by ourselves then is worsted spun, dyed and balled locally in Yorkshire, England, and has received the British Wool International Quality Award.
You can enjoy the luxury of the finest lustre longwool in the world, creating your own garment or one of our team of local knitters would be happy to knit one just for you. We offer a wide range of exclusive Sheep Shop knitting patterns created to compliment the many virtues of Wensleydale wool. We also stock a range of hand-knit garments and woollens in various sizes, as well a knitting kits, fleece, sheepskins, throws and wool related gifts. As well as our worsted spun yarn we also hand dye some of our fleece and combed tops in vibrant colours.
The long, soft, silky curls of the Wensleydale characterise the nature of all our own brand yarns, available in Aran, Double Knitting (DK) and 4 Ply which drape and dye like silk. Shades run through a spectrum of the gentlest country hues to jewel brilliance. All transformed by craftsmen of the traditional Yorkshire woollen trade.
We invite you to visit The Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, a haven for knitters, spinners, felters and crafters. If you are holidaying in Wensleydale or the nearby dales of Swaledale, Arkengarthdale, Wharfedale or Coverdale, then come and visit us!
You will also find us at many of the Wool Shows and Craft Events throughout the year in various parts of the UK (see our Newsletter or Blog for details).
You’ll find our Store location and opening hours on the Contact Us page. If you can’t visit us you can still shop online, where we ship internationally! We also have Stockists of our own brand wool throughout the UK and in other countries.
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Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop have been featured in an article in the February 2017 (Issue 164) of the Knitting magazine and a special Francesca Hughes ‘Lime Bitters’ designer pattern knit with our Lime Sherbert DK yarn was on the cover and inside feature of the April 2017 (Issue 166). We have also featured on a number of the popular Knit British podcasts curated by Louise Scollay!
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