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With its long staple length, coopworth fleece is ideal for making gansey yarn.  The many plies of this semi-worsted yarn create increased durability and stitch definition, making it perfect for socks, gloves, and ganseys. The fleece for my coopworth yarn comes from Buckwheat Blossom Farm, a horse powered biodynamic farm in Wiscasset, Maine.

This yarn was featured in Beth Brown Reinsel's gansey design Snakes and Ladders, from her recently released revised and updated edition of her book Knitting Ganseys .

Note: The required yardage given in the pattern is quite high - despite all the cables, the yardage should be a bit closer to that required for the other gansey designs.  I would start with 7 skeins for the smallest sizes (or 8 skeins to be extra safe) and work from there. 

This yarn is back from the mill, but only partially skeined for sale. Recent life changes have put me well behind in my planned yarn production.  In the past I have been dyeing gansey sized dye lots to order, and I am happy to do so again, with the understanding that it may take me two weeks or more depending on my dye queue and the whims of the Littlest Upton. I have also finally gotten around to photographing and listing some smaller batches of dyed yarns - these yarn are ready ship. Please note; some of these skeins are my smaller 120 yard skeins.  

As always, if you would like to order enough dyed yarn for a gansey, or would like a color you don’t see here, please feel free to send me an email ( and we can discuss amounts and a possible time frame. 


Gauge: 29 to 32 stiches and 40 rows per 4 inches on 2.5mm needles.

Larger skeins:

Length: approx. 240 yds

$30/sk. dyed, $28.50 undyed. 

Smaller Skeins:

Length: approx 120 yards

$15.50/sk dyed

CUrrently available

Examples of past colors (currently unavailable, but could be dyed to order)

5 Ply Coopworth Gansey Yarn overdyes to lovely, every-so-slightly heathered shades.  (Above dyed with indigo, right dyed with madder root).