New organic wool on market

Jillian Scott
Jillian Scott

Award-winning Hunting Hall Farm has launched a very special organic knitting yarn for the festive season.

The wildlife-friendly farm, near Holy Island, has launched Hunting Hall’s Pure Northumbrian Organic Wool in time for Christmas.

The wool is from the farm’s own small organic sheep flock and earlier this year their finest fleeces were handpicked and sent to a small family-run mill where the wool was spun to double knitting and Arran weight and dyed to five rich colours.

Local knitters have helped the farm develop patterns for small items to be knit in the farm’s new wool, and the unique designs are now available on the farm’s new website – www.northumbrianorgan

Karen and Tom Burn of Hunting Hall set out on the venture after finding that a lot of organic wool ends up muddled in with non-organic.

Karen, who hand spins and knits, knew how difficult itwas to find an organic knitting wool in the shops and wanted to promote local organic wool.

“After a lot of research we managed to put together a project to create the farm’s own yarn,” she said.

The wool project was helped by a grant from Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership.