Manx Loaghtan Hat
Well, my christmas gift production line is still churning out hats – mostly made from Jacob wool but I also wanted to try out some Manx Loaghtan wool (again from Garthenor) and this was the result:
The colours of the wool are gorgeous – chocolate and caramel – and the wool is lovely and soft and provides good stitch definition – more so than the Jacob, which is slightly fuzzier.
About the breed: The Manx Loaghtan is a small sheep native to the Isle of Man. Their beautiful moorit colouring and impressive horns give them a striking appearance. The breed came close to dying out in the 1950s and, although numbers have increased since then, they remain ‘at risk’, as categorized by the Rare Breed Survival Trust.