From sheep to yarn, my full process
Initially I used pre-dyed wool and silk to spin my cobweb yarn, but in an effort to improve the ethical credentials of AnNead Hand Knitwear, I decided to source the wool direct from a British farm and replace the silk with kid mohair, which would almost replicate the properties of the silk.
On hearing of a new breed of sheep in production with what sounded like a very good fleece for cobweb yarn, I got in touch with the rare breeds farm, South Yeo Farm East where the development of the breed is being carried out.
This is a farm with very high standards of animal husbandry and the fleece proved to be exactly what I was looking for.
Then I needed to find a source for the kid mohair, which ended up being New Forest Mohair, another farm with very good credentials, having the New Forest Marque for high standards in quality and husbandry.