Lorna's Laces Masham Worsted
Fiber Content: 70% British Wool, 30% Masham Wool
Gauge (sts/in): 4
Needle: US 7, 8 (4.5mm, 5mm)
Weight/Yardage: 100g / 170 yds
Care: Hand wash cool with like colors. Lay flat to dry.
Country of Origin: UK
Masham (pronounced "massem") is a British sheep breed that originated in the hills of northern England. It absorbs dye more intensely than the other fibers, enhancing this tweedy effect.
Each fiber absorbs the dye differently, resulting in a marled look with a wonderful depth of color. Superb effects can be created without loss of luster. Masham is known for its special effects and handle in knitting and crochet.
A warm and classically appealing yarn, Masham is an ideal choice for cold-weather garments like sweaters and cardigans.
Because of its similarity, it is regularly used to blend with mohair. We find Masham fiber to be silky, have a nice luster, slightly crispy and with just a bit of prickle. Masham has a nice texture that is reminiscent of merino and blue face Leicester.
The natural color of this roving is a soft cream. Lorna's Lace Masham takes advantage of the characteristics of the fiber in selecting their dye colors. Glen Ellyn and Buffalo Grove are lovely lighter pastels with just a hint of the natural cream color showing through. Naperville,
Galena and Du Page are dark enough to allow the marled effect to be striking, giving each skein have that wonderful look of stone washed jeans.