I can't believe it's August already, how did that happen?
I know some of you, if you are in the Southern half of the UK are still experiencing a heat wave, unfortunately in my part of the world, that is but a distant memory, practically every day for the past two and a half weeks we have had rain and mainly grey days, no drought to see here.
I have to report that no sheep clipping has happened since the last EWESletter, I was sure I would be able to report how the clipping went, but alas a combination of weather and the clipping team being a man down is delaying things. It's getting desperate now, the sheep are loosing their fleece naturally at an alarming rate, not good when I need that fleece to turn into yarn!
Some of you may have seen on social media that I bought myself a pony, for those who haven't yet seen him, let me introduce John, he is a 14hh cob  and is unbroken, I've started the breaking in process and he is a quick learner, hopefully by the time the next EWESletter reaches your inbox he will be rideable, and I'll have pictures to show you.
The sheep are now clipped, the latest we have ever clipped at Hawkshaw HQ.
More on this in the next EWESletter.
These are the events Hawkshaw Sheep are attending in 2018

10th - 11th August, British wool show, York auction mart.
8th - 9th September, Perth Festival of yarn, Dewars centre, Perth.
29th - 30th September, Yarndale, Skipton auction mart.
13th - 14th October, Bakewell wool gathering, Bakewell auction mart.
27th -28th October, Kendal wool gathering, Kendal leisure centre.
Yarn of the month
Yarn of the month

This months yarn is from the 2016 clip.
Misty Morning is a stunning laceweight yarn, created from 100% shetland fleece, it is neither grey or fawn but an intriguing mix of the two colours, worsted spun at the Natural Fibre Co.
600 metres per 100g this yarn is fabulously squishy and soft to touch, it lends its self to all manner of uses, the knit sample in the left picture used 8mm needles and created an open airy fabric, while the sample on the right used 3.25mm needles which created the gorgeous lace pattern with great stitch definition, the pattern is print of the wave.
You can find it, along with the other yarns here.
Sheep of the month

This months sheep of the month is, Ecclesmachan Candy, a sheep we bought at the Carlisle rare breeds sale in 2016.
She is now four years old, and on her pedigree certificate she is described as a "Grey katmoget yuglet", the grey part is for the body colour of the wool, katmoget describes the pattern, which in this case is the darker wool under the body and up the neck, and finally the yuglet is for the patches around the eyes. In the Shetland breed of sheep there are many wonderful words used to describe the colours and patterns, and over the coming months I hope to include as many of the different colours and patterns that I have in my flock.
Candy has been a clever girl this year as she has produced me two lovely female lambs, there is a definite family resemblance. Candy is also a very naughty girl as she trys her best to escape from us when we want to gather the sheep from the hill, but this time we got the better of her and managed to contain her.
Extra News
I've been experimenting with hand dyeing some yarn in variegated colourways, the picture doesn't show them as the true colours, but I'm pretty pleased with the results.
They have been dyed over my Oatmeal 4 ply.
 I will be taking them to the Perth Festival of yarn, if they prove popular, it's something I will continue to do.
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