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Manx Loaghtan Hat

December 21, 2008

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:

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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.

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  1. thegardensmallholder permalink
    December 24, 2008 11:47 am

    Your christmas gifts are beautifully and tastefully made, have you ever thought of selling them? Much better than some of the winter wear I have seen in the shops!

  2. December 24, 2008 12:24 pm

    Thank you so much. I’ve been debating whether or not to try selling some of my crocheted stuff and have vague plans to do so next year. It’s a realy confidence boost to have you suggest they are worth selling – so thank you very much!

    The problem with crochet is that it’s pretty labour intensive so it would be hard to price items such as the scarf at a price that would take that into account but wouldn’t be too much that it would put people off….. The hats would be easier though as they only take about an hour to make so I could price them a bit more competitively.

    Anyhow, it’s definately something I’ll be giving more thought to after Christmas – I’m all crocheted out at the moment!

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