• Supports traditional shepherding as the wool portion is sourced from nomadic flocks (Wanderschäferei Stotz on the Swabian Alp)
• Low environmental footprint due to sourcing, spinning and dyeing of the yarn in close proximity
• Fiber origin: Germany, France
• Yarn origin: Germany
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Alb Lino is a blend of 85% German wool and 15% French linen. The linen acts as a natural strengthener and gives the yarn a gorgeous heathered look. The wool is sourced from Wanderschäferei Stotz, nomadic shepherds on the Swabian Alp.
Nomadic shepherds – "Wanderschäfereien" in German – are becoming increasingly rare. In this traditional form of shepherding that's been around for thousands of years, flocks (and their shepherds) move around in their "home area" depending on the season and the flock's needs.
AlbLino's wool portion comes from nomadic flocks who have their roaming area in the Swabian Alps, in the South of Germany. Wanderschäferei Stotz, the shepherds whose flocks are spun into AlbLino, raises their sheep for both fleece and meat, aiming for a holistic, environmentally conscious and animal-friendly way of farming.
The wool from the nomadic flocks is blended with 15% French linen which adds strength, making this the perfect workhorse sock yarn!
Plus, as linen is a plant fiber, it takes up the dye differently than the wool, resulting in gorgeous heathered shades where the linen shines in white or black flecks.
AlbLino is a really strong, yet super soft yarn that is perfect for socks!
Pattern Recommendations for Schoppelwolle Alb Lino Sock Yarn:
Not-So-Vanilla Vanilla Socks
Everyone needs a go-to pattern for vanilla socks in their repertoire! These ones fit perfectly due to their toe-up construction (try them on as you go), measurements-centered pattern and Fleegle's heel. They make the self-striping yarn shine!
If you'd like to knit something other than socks with AlbLino, might I suggest Ksenia Naidyon's Sky Lines Wrap? Pick any two colors and set off on a wonderfully entertaining journey through the land of texture.
Super wearable, and extremely fun to knit - what more could a knitter ask for?
I bought my skeins of Alb Lino because I already knit a pair of socks with the yarn and it holds up great! The colors I ordered are beautiful, just what I expected, how fun that you started carrying it :)
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