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Castlemilk Moorit fingerless gloves

castlenilk moorit rare breeds wool gloves by roses workshop 

 

I have chosen the gorgeous toffee brown wool of the Castlemilk Moorit sheep to make these lovely fingerless gloves. The colour is not achieved with dyes; it is the natural colour of the soft wool from which it is made. The pretty little Castlemilk Moorit sheep is one of the British Rare Breeds that I am proud to support.

fingerless glove hand knit british wool casthemilk moorit by roses workshop 

 

I have knitted them with a long cuff to slip over your sweater and under your coat to keep the draughts out. The plain design hand area ends in a rib, leaving your fingertips clear to use your phone or doorkey easily.

They measure 19cm (7.5 inches) long including the cuff, 13cm (5 inches) for the hand section, and the knit is stretchy enough to fit most average adult hands. Gentle hand wash recommended.

 

More gloves can be found in my shop Gloves

There may also be matching hats available Beanies & Berets

 

 


History of the Castlemilk Moorit sheep.

In the early part of the twentieth century, the late Sir Jock Buchanan-Jardine began a breeding programme on his Castlemilk Estate in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
Using Manx Loaghtan, moorit Shetland and the wild Mouflon he developed a breed specifically to beautify his parkland and provide fine, kemp free moorit coloured wool to clothe his workers.

Following his death in 1970 the flock was mostly culled. However, a few ewes and two rams were saved in two small groups. All today’s Castlemilk Moorits are descended from these two groups.

The RBST lists the breed as "vulnerable", (500 - 900 animals). For more information on the survival of these pretty sheep see
http://www.rbst.org.uk/Rare-and-Native-Breeds/Sheep
http://www.castlemilkmooritsociety.co.uk

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