Background/Who we are
The slaughter and cruelty free free Doulton Flock was established in 1997 with the purchase of 2 pure pedigree Border Leicester ewe lambs from Lanark Market. We are based in Nunthorpe, North Yorkshire and currently are the largest flock of pedigree Border Leicesters in The UK.
Border Leicesters are now classed as rare breed sheep and are on the RBST list.
Our premium, native breed, rare breed, slaughter free, ethically produced, single farm, 100% pure British Border Leicester wool is scoured, carded and combed, before being worsted spun, dyed and skeined locally in Yorkshire, England. Our beautiful Border Leicester yarn is not blended with any other wool or nylon.
Doulton Border Leicester wool is made from the fleeces of sheep that live to grow old.
These rare breed British sheep produce beautiful fleeces with a long staple length and distinct crimp. This fibre spins to a wonderfully lofty yarn with a lovely natural spring and bounce to it. The handle of the yarn makes it a joy to work with for quick and easy projects and intricate colour work alike: it slips smoothly on and off the needles without losing the strength needed for structured garments.
It is available in UK DK/Double knitting,,UK 4ply/fingering and UK Aran weight yarns, in both 100g skeins and 20/25g skeins which drape and dye so well.
Our colours and names are inspired by the countryside around us, by the moors and hills and lakes around us in North Yorkshire.
We currently have 23 beautiful ,vibrant colours and 1 natural colour in the DK and 4 ply, and 8 in our Aran range. These colours range from beautiful muted colours to beautiful bright vibrant colours.
We are often complimented on our range of colours from customers at Wool Festivals
In the Aran we have 8 wonderful colours. The colours run from very muted colours through to bright jewel briliiance.
We also stock a range of combed and carded undyed Tops, which are perfect for the spinner, knitting kits, greasy fleece and a large range of mini skeins, based on the countryside and coast around us, here in North Yorkshire.
All with full provenance.
Where to find us
We are an online seller and we provide a very fast, professional service, with most orders going out within 48 hours.
You will see us at many of the Wool Shows and Yarn Events throughout the year, in various parts of the UK. You can check our Shows page for upcoming events we will be at. We promote the shows and events on our Blog page nearer the time of the shows.
We also have Stockists of our Doulton Border Leicester branded yarns throughout the UK and are about to add several more in the USA.
Turn your hobbies into cash! Hand knitters, Machine Knitters and Crocheters required to join our new team of knitters, creating garments with our premium Border Leicester yarn and exclusive patterns. On a piece work basis that fits in with your lifestyle.