By selecting only the most suitable fleece from different breeds and crofts around the island, Iona Wool are able to combine the best properties from each, creating yarns that are strong and durable but with a soft and lustrous feel that can be worn against the skin.
This yarn is mainly comprised of Scottish Mule, a breed now recognised in its own right, originating from a cross with Bluefaced Leicester and Blackface. They select the fleeces that retain more of the BFL characteristics which is the softest of all the native British breeds (long staple length, crimpy with a silky lustre), and combine it with a bit of Texel, Hebridean, Zwartbles and Charolais.
This results in a very special yarn, warm and hardwearing yet surprisingly soft and springy with a lovely bloom when washed. Its robust ‘toothy’ nature means it is a joy to work with and keeps its structure well in a knitted garment.