Blending fleeces from sheep raised on Ouessant (France's western-most island) and in Finistère, Brittany, and integrating some Merino d'Arles, also raised in France, Bouclelaine's Ouessant50 is a wonderful embodiment of what sustainable yarn companies rooted in their communities do these days. It's woollen-spun into a fingering weight which makes it perfect for light sweaters and layering pieces.
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I knit a Boirina sweater in Bouclelaine Ouessant50 Eucalyptus and finished it in time to wear on St. Patrick’s Day! I love this sweater. The sweater is wonderfully comfortable, and the yarn has shadings in it that give depth to a color that might have been too much. Not here. I find this yarn, the color, and the pattern to be a perfect match. The side cable and sleeve stitches show up beautifully. Simple, but elegant. My kind of FO.
The yarn has a bit of “scratch” to it that causes me to visualize sheep grazing in the French countryside. So glad they didn’t process out the natural feel of the yarn.
I love this yarn. It’s woolly, so you feel it, but as their website says, it’s not itchy. It does all the things you want a wool to do well - textures, cables, ribs and just plain jersey or stockinette too - the result is not totally flat but retains a bit of character. And the colours are fabulous. I used it for Boirina (cable sides, plain front and back, in Malachite, a deep rich green - it’s really a perfect yarn for this pattern) and am now making a striped brioche shawl with the leftover plus a new color found on Making Stories’ site called Eucalyptus - less intense and heathered with a darker green, it’s really beautiful too. High quality at a very reasonable price, what more could you want from a yarn?! I suspect both the sweater and shawl will last a long time too.