Marina Skua's Mendip 4ply is a woollen-spun Sport weight yarn that’s a true gauge wonder. It comes from a single flock of Shetland-cross sheep that grazes in the Mendip Hills, less than 20 miles from Marina's studio.
The Mendip Stormy base we used to carry has been replaced by Mendip Cloudy. They are spun to the same specifications, but where Stormy was a warm beige base spun from grown-up sheep’s wool, Cloudy is a natural heathery grey spun from blended white and dark-coloured lambswool. This means the new Cloudy base is a little softer, and the overdyed colours come out very slightly cooler than on the Stormy base. We've also added an undyed version of Marina's Sunny base, which is a creamy white with just a hint of grey!
• 100% British wool
• Sport weight: 150 meters per 50 grams / 164 yards per 1.75 ounces
• Recommended needle size: 2.25 - 3.25 mm / US 1 - 3
• Woollen spun, 2 ply
• Fleeces are sourced from an eco-farm less than 20 miles from Marina’s studio that uses a holistic management system to regenerate the soil where the sheep graze
• Yarn is spun at a small mill in Yorkshire
• All colors are hand-dyed by Marina using fibre reactive dyes
• Fiber & yarn origin: UK
We're always excited to talk yarn and knitting and answer any questions you might have!
From Marina Skua, the designer of this fantastic colorwork yoke sweater: "For this stranded colourwork design I was inspired by the joy of spring sunlight streaming through stained glass, and my love of geometric forms. I really love how Art Deco designers and artists like Frank Lloyd Wright brought these elements together in fresh compositions that are both beautiful and practical."
“Touring three US national parks in the summer of 2017 (Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton) we were enthralled by the vast beauty of the mountain forests. Memories of tall slender lodgepole pines stayed with me. Those images became the inspiration for my (pinus) Contorta hat design. I charted and swatched many pine trees before sending in my design proposal for Issue 2. It was a delight to work with Marina Skua’s Mendip 4-ply (hand-dyed, British mountain grown wool). Mendip knit up at a gauge that allowed me to repeat the slender pines, all in a row, around the hat. Contorta is essentially a classic ribbed beanie, inspired by mountain trees, and knit in mountain wool. Enjoy.” - Carolyn Kern
More Pattern Recommendations for Marina Skua Mendip 4ply:
Ferry Cottage Shawl
"The Ferry Cottage Shawl is based on memories of my recent trip to Scotland. My husband and I stayed in a quaint Ferry Cottage near the Isle of Skye for the first leg of our journey. This shawl reminds me of waking to the lapping waters of the loch, our day trips exploring the Highlands, and visiting as many castles and distilleries as possible… This is a top-down triangle shaped shawl worked in a rustic sport weight yarn. It features a faux-cable spine between a subtle mirrored-twist over the main garment, and ends with a sophisticated wave cable border." - Jill Thompson Beach
The Plicatum Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up, with irregular ribbing for the brim, which flows up into a textured cable and seed-stitch pattern. The crown decreases are worked in pattern to give a satisfying finish to the top of the hat. ‘Plicatum’ is the Latin word for ‘pleated’, and is used to describe the crinkly leaves of the viburnum plant that inspired the cable pattern in this design. - By Marina Skua
Opula is a colourwork yoke jumper, worked seamlessly from the top down. It features stranded knitting in two colours on the yoke, hem and cuffs. The neckband, hem and cuffs are worked in the contrast colour. The design is inspired by the flowing, sinuous lines and ornamentation of Art Nouveau design, crossing and intersecting like an abstracted form of roots and vines. - By Marina Skua