WHAT IS IT?
Lockwood is a classic Shetland wool in a single 9's count spun in oil. Whilst the wool itself isn't British, every step of the carding, dyeing, spinning and twisting process is undertaken in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire by a company who have a textile heritage that goes back to 1896.
Rather than spinning the yarn and it then being dyed, it's the fibres that are dyed then blended together to create depth and character throughout the yarn by way of tweeds and flecks.
The huge range of repeatable colours allows for detailed blending and shading within projects and the handy 100g cones means it's easy to create a beautiful, varied palette without breaking the bank.
The yarn comes to you "in oil". This oil does need to be removed after creating your project which allows the fabric to "full" and "burst" and will transform the fabric from having a slightly stringy appearance to being soft and slightly fluffier. The oil means that Lockwood has a very slight greasiness to the touch, which makes your hands feel nice and soft after working with it, though cover your lap or sofa if it's likely to be in contact with delicate fabrics for any length of time just to be on the safe side! More importantly working with yarn in oil creates a superior finish in that the yarns and stitches blur with washing and sort of mesh together - a lovely soft appearance rather than crisp stitch definition
Due to the above we would recommend that whatever you wish to use Lockwood for you create a sample swatch before embarking on your finished piece. Make the swatch, measure it, wash it (in the way you think the final piece will be washed), dry it, measure it again and take into account any shrinkage, felting or fulling then you are confident of the outcome of your final piece
WHAT'S IT FOR?
As Lockwood is a single yarn it means that it hasn't been twisted with another yarn, therefore it's not a hugely strong yarn, but it is perfect for use in weaving as a weft yarn. The gorgeous colours and blends mean it's very similar to yarns used to create Harris Tweed - weave your own unique version!
Due to this single strand only twisting in one direction it means the yarn can spiralise so if being used for hand or machine knitting it would be better to use the "cut and sew" technique, rather than traditional shaping as the pieces could definitely go a bit wonky! See below for further information on treating your knitted fabrics.
Shetland yarn doesn't felt as easily as softer yarns (such as merino) which gives it a pretty strong and robust finish, but with a bit of bad treatment it should felt in the washing machine, especially if an old pair of trainers are included in the mix to create maximum agitation.
We would recommend a wet finishing process for garments using our yarns following a two stage scouring process. The first stage to remove the processing oils and the second stage to create the desired handle.
First Stage - The first scour should take place at 40 degrees C with approximately 15 litres of water to 1kg of goods. A good detergent should be added up to 10% of the weight of goods.
Second Stage - The second scour should take place at 40 degrees C with half the quantity of detergent used in the first scour. The cycle should continue until the desired handle is obtained then drain, rinse and spin using fresh clean water. If a softer handle is required a softener may be added between 0.5%-1% on weight of garments. Drain and spin, do not rinse. Garments are then recommended to be dried flat.
Suitable Crafts: Crocheting, Dyeing, Feltmaking, Knitting, Machine Knitting, Weaving
WHY SHOULD I BUY IT?
This repeatable yarn comes in a fabulous range of colours in a handy 100g size. By purchasing Lockwood you are also ensuring that a small part of the British textile industry continues to thrive.
|Main Fibre Content||Wool|
|Price Per 100g||£6.36|
|Crafts Suitable For||Crocheting, Dyeing, Feltmaking, Knitting, Machine Knitting, Weaving|
|Gauge or Tension||-|
|Wraps Per Inch (WPI)||30|
|When It's Gone It's Gone||No|
|Washing Instructions||Gentle Hand Wash, Dry Flat, Medium Iron|