I made these hats using the lovely organic Jacob Wool I bought from Garthenor and will be giving them as Christmas gifts to some of the men in my life: husband, dad, father-in-law and best friend’s hubby.
The wool is undyed and the different colours in the stripes are a result of the natural colour variations in the fleece of Jacob sheep.
I made them in a similar way to the scrap hat, although I played around a bit to get rid of the seam. I’ve already ordered some more wool in order to make a couple more – some more Jacob plus some Manx Loghtan which I’m keen to give a try – in fact I’m keen to give all the wool at Garthenor a try! I think it’s important to support our rare breeds plus it gives me an excuse to buy yarn!
Finally, a bit about Jacob Sheep : Thought to be related to the pied sheep mentioned in the bible, the Jacob Sheep was introduced into Britain during the 18th century and was mainly kept as an ornamental parkland breed. Its wool is valued for its natural colour variations and its softness which makes it suitable for clothing. Personally, I found it lovely to work with – not itchy as I worried it might be – but lovely and soft and I’ve now added a few Jacob sheep to my fantasy smallholding wishlist!