The Meadows, run by farmers Joey and Lisa near Olds, AB, in Treaty 7 territory, is home to both Est à laine Merino and Suffolk Sheep. You’ll find the Est à laine Merino in our super soft Croft Sock yarn, and the Suffolk in our Harvest Black Welsh Mountain/Suffolk blend.
Est à laine is a strain of Merino sheep originally from northeastern France, near the German border. Est à laine has a longer staple (fibre) length than other types of Merino, making it stronger, and more suitable for socks.
Suffolk sheep are the most common breed of sheep in North America. Known primarily as meat sheep, their wool is often overlooked, but good quality Suffolk wool can be very fun to work with! Suffolk wool is dense and bouncy, making it very well suited to cables and textured patterns with excellent stitch definition. Durable, and non-felting, it’s perfect for socks or slippers.