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The Great British Sheep

The Great British Sheep

Did you know there are more than 60 breeds of sheep in the UK - the most of any country? From the woolless Easy Care to the hairy Herdwick, and the ickle Babydoll Southdown to the mighty Lincoln...

The Great British Sheep is our project celebrating UK sheep, wool and handknitting. We call him George.

Herdwick

Over the summer of 2008 we asked people to contribute to this unique project by creating a very special 'knitted fleece' made entirely from 100% British wool - from the Shetland Isles to the tip of Cornwall.

Designer Yvonne Stone created for us a giant sheep sculpture, wire-framed and naked! With knitted squares and shapes, loopy stitch swatches and crocheted ringlets we and covered him with his very special woolly jumper.

Our launch of The Great British Sheep took place at The Alternative Village Fete on London's Southbank on Saturday 5th July 2008, and continued at our knitting tent at Camp Bestival over the weekend of July 18, 19 and 20. Visit our online photo gallery to see the knitters in action and George's progress.

From finger-knitted garlands around his neck to glorious intarsia swatches, George's unique British wool fleece grew and grew.

We had a huge selection of yarns from across the UK to play with - plus loads of other sheepy items, info and fascinating facts!

Scroll down for our list of participating sheep and those who have generously supplied wool and supported the project...thanks so much to everyone who came to the events, who donated wool and needles and gave up their time to create George, The Great British Sheep.

 

Badger Face Welsh Mountain

Badger Face Welsh Mountain (Torddu)

- supplied by the Badger Face Welsh Mountain Sheep Society

Balwen Welsh Mountain

Balwen Welsh Mountain

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool

Black Welsh Mountain

Black Welsh Mountain

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool

Bluefaced Leicester

Bluefaced Leicester

- supplied by HW Hammond & Co and Bluefaced.com

Boreray

Boreray

- supplied by Woodpark Wool

Bowmont

Bowmont

- supplied by Devon Fine Fibres and The Bowmont Braf Project

Castlemilk Moorit

Castlemilk Moorit

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool

Border Cheviot

Cheviot

- supplied by The Wool Clip and Cornish Organic Wool

Cotswold

Cotswold

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool

Dorset

Dorset

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool

Dorset Down

Dorset Down

- supplied by The Woolly Shepherd

Greyface Dartmoor

Greyface Dartmoor

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool

Hebridean

Hebridean

- supplied by Townings Farm, The Natural Fibre Company and Woodpark Wool

Herdwick

Herdwick

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool and Herdy

Jacob

Jacob

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool

Llanwenog

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool

Lleyn

Lleyn

- supplied by Cornish Organic Wool and The Natural Fibre Company

Manx Loghtan

Manx Loghtan

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool

Mule

Mule

- supplied by Cecilia at The Wool Clip

North Ronaldsay

North Ronaldsay

- supplied by Sheepfold and The Natural Fibre Company

Portland

Portland

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool

Romney

Romney

- supplied by Aragon Yarns and Cornish Organic Wool

Ryeland

Ryeland

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool

Shetlnd

Shetland

- supplied by Bluefaced.com and Woodpark Wool and Jamieson's of Shetland

Soay

Soay

- supplied by The Honorwood Flocks

Suffolk

Suffolk

- supplied by Cornish Organic Wool

Swaledale

Swaledale

- supplied by Ruth & Betty (016974 78707)

Teeswater

Teeswater

- supplied by Teeswater Wools

Wensleydale

Wensleydale Longwool

- supplied by Sheepfold, West End Wensleydales and Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop

Whiteface Woodland

Whiteface Woodland

- supplied by Garthenor Organic Pure Wool