Breed Study- Oxford Down, Part One

Breed Study- Oxford Down.

Exploring the spinning and knitting qualities of this rare breed.

This Breed Study focuses on the Oxford Down sheep breed, which currently sits on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust’s 2019-2020 watch list. Published in summer 2019, this list encapsulates the most vulnerable and at risk breeds and estimates only 1,500- 3,000 adult breeding females left producing pure-bred lambs in the UK.

As part of the Breed Study series, I am processing a sample of Oxford Down fleece from raw to knitted article to see what this fantastic breed fleece can be turned into on my needles!

I will upload photos and descriptions of the process as I go, and am looking forward to taking this mini project from start to finish in a relatively short time (I only have 50 grams). This is part of something we are doing at the Oxford Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, where I am a member, so I am feeling the pressure to actually finish something for once…and despite being probably the least experienced of the group, I have a nagging feeling my fairly strong competitive streak is starting to come to the fore, which may not end up all that well for me…

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