Old Maiden Aunt Ram Jam Worsted
I am thrilled to welcome Old Maiden Aunt as our latest guest dyer. Inspired by my beloved terrier's weather reporting on Instagram and our daily walks through the local fields capturing the ever-changing seasons, Lilith has created a stunning colour we are calling 'Here's the Weather'.
Working with Light Grey (01) Ram Jam Worsted, Lilith has created a complex mix of greens - both earthy and fresh, combined with soft teals and palest blues contrasting against the grey Ram Jam yarn who's toothy character gives a soft and fuzzy finish to the tones captured within. When knitted the multiple colours blend to give a multi-tonal fabric reminiscent of lichens and moss.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING
Here's the Weather is dyed in limited edition small batches and because there is variation between batches for larger projects we recommend you alternate skeins. For multiple-skein orders we will do our very best to match skeins as closely as possible.
Ram Jam is woollen spun as a 2ply yarn to a worsted weight with 115 metres (126 yards) on each 50g skein. It is light and bouncy to handle, with good stitch definition, a soft halo and lots of character.
Being a worsted weight means the yarn is suited to working across a various range of tensions, and is just as happy on a 4mm needle as a 5mm. We suggest a tension of 18 stitches to 10cm (4") using a 4.5mm (US 7 / UK 7) needle but please do swatch and play with it; have fun seeing the different fabrics you can create by simply varying needle sizes.
Ram Jam encompasses everything Daughter of a Shepherd set out to do and be; that of wanting to put value into something otherwise considered worthless.
All the raw fleece that goes into Ram Jam is gathered from flocks where it would otherwise have gone to waste and we are therefore utilising both black and white wool. You will find a plethora of different sheep breeds in the yarn; the natural blacks include Hebridean, Zwartbles and black Texel and the white comes from a mixture of BFL/Cheviot cross, Texel cross, various other mule crosses and we have even added fleece from the naturally black and white coloured Badgerface sheep.