Daughter Of A Shepherd ~ New Releases

Rachel Atkinson is the eponymous Daughter of a Shepherd behind the beautiful, British wool. She has released her first, long-awaited book, Volume 1: Beginnings, featuring her 4-ply and DK yarns, which we’re celebrating at Loop, on April 21st.

We’d also like to introduce you to the newest yarn from Daughter of a Shepherd, which is 100% British woollen spun 2-ply in a worsted weight called Ram Jam.

Daughter of a Shepherd 4-ply

Rachel Atkinson, Loop London

Rachel Atkinson of Daughter of A Shepherd wearing Carbeth sweater by Kate Davies in Daughter of a Shepherd Brume held double

Daughter of a Shepherd uses only 100% British wool from shepherds and producers within the United Kingdom. The 4-ply and DK feature Rachel’s father’s flock of Hebridean sheep.

Daughter of a Shepherd Volume 1 at Loop London

John Atkinson tending his flock at Escrick Park Estate From Volume 1: Beginnings

The colour of the Daughter of a Shepherd 4-ply and DK are so much more than ‘just brown’. They have a warmth created from the golden, chocolate, and silver fibres of the Hebridean fleece. Under certain lights they can look pitch brown, whilst under others they take on a much lighter appearance, but the soft tones suit pretty much everyone.

Daughter of a Shepherd 4 ply at Loop London

Daughter of a Shepherd 4-ply From Volume 1: Beginnings

The yarn retains its original signature scent of the fields, flock and new lambs in straw-filled barns!

Daughter of a Shepherd Volume 1 at Loop London

Image courtesy of Daughter of a Shepherd ~ Volume 1: Beginnings

We caught up with Rachel and asked her which moment from the birth of Daughter of a Shepherd thrilled her most:

I will never forget receiving and opening the very first box of yarn from the mill back in 2015. Such an incredible feeling of relief, celebration and “yes, I did it”! But you know what, every time I spend time with the sheep, take fleece to the scourers, visit a mill, open a box of printed books, finish a collaboration with someone, or any of the other amazing opportunities running Daughter of a Shepherd brings me, I am thrilled and feel so very lucky to call this my job.

Volume 1: Beginnings

The Daughter of a Shepherd first volume book, Beginnings, showcases these beautiful 4-ply and DK yarns.

Daughter of a Shepherd Volume 1 at Loop London

Image courtesy of Daughter of a Shepherd ~ Volume 1: Beginnings

Designers and writers celebrate the spirit and unique qualities of this yarn with essays and a collection of 10 knitting and crochet patterns for men and women.

Daughter of a Shepherd Volume 1 at Loop London

Skipwith by Rachel Atkinson, from Daughter of a Shepherd: Volume 1

Daughter of a Shepherd Volume 1 at Loop London

Wheldrake by Bristol Ivy from Daughter of a Shepherd: Volume 1

There is even an introduction by Loop’s own, Susan Cropper!

Daughter of a Shepherd Volume 1 at Loop London

Escrick crochet shawl from Daughter of a Shepherd: Volume 1

Designs and essays included feature: Bristol Ivy, Clara Parkes, Felicity Ford, Jane Crowfoot, Jane Lithgow, Mother Seraphima + Mother Raphaela, Rachel Atkinson, Rachel Coopey, Sarah Hatton, and Tom van Deijnen.

Volume 1: Beginnings Book Launch and Giveaway

Daughter of a Shepherd at Loop London

We are giving away two prizes of a signed copy Volume 1: Beginnings as well as either a skein of Daughter of a Shepherd 4 Ply or DK yarn.
All you have to do to enter is to follow both @looplondonloves and @daughterofashepherd on Instagram and to comment in the Loop Instagram post saying which pattern from Rachel’s book you would most like to make.
Good luck to all of you! Comments will stop being entered into the giveaway at midnight UK time on Wednesday April 18th.

Ram Jam

Ram Jam at Loop London

Ram Jam

Ram Jam is 100% wool that has been woollen spun as a 2-ply yarn to a worsted weight, with 115 metres (126 yards) on each 50g skein. It is light and bouncy to handle, with good stitch definition, a soft halo and lots of character. This is very much a ‘woolly’ yarn.

Ram Jam at Loop London

Ram Jam colours

Ram Jam comes in four natural colours: Natural white, light grey, mid-grey and natural black. All would make outstanding, classic, outerwear sweaters: perfect for cables and textured stitches.

Please join us at Loop on Saturday to see the new book and Ram Jam!

Blink Knit Along

A final reminder that we’ve started a Blink Knit Along over on Ravelry.

Blink KAL at Loop London

Come over and join us, anytime. We’ll have lots of tips, tricks and Blink related discussion.

 

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9 comments on “Daughter Of A Shepherd ~ New Releases
  1. Mirja Rutger says:

    Gorgeous yarn and patterns!
    The Escrick pattern made me want to grab my crochet needle.

  2. Sally says:

    I would make the sheldrake pattern from the book!

  3. Denise says:

    Yah! A pattern book just for Daughter of a Shepherd yarns – how wonderful!

  4. Nia K says:

    I’d make the Wheldrake patten :)

  5. Monika says:

    As I read about this book I can image the warm soothing feeling of wearing the Escrick shawl and putting my nose into the unique smell of real sheep’s wool

  6. Tricia Livingston says:

    I would love to do the Wheldrake to start with.

  7. Maggie says:

    The patterns are so lovely. Especially the Skipwith cardigan. Love the lace panel.

  8. Maggie says:

    The patterns are beautiful . Especially the Skipwith cardigan. Love the lace panel.

  9. Laura says:

    Wheldrake in that scrumptious dark chocolate colour

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