Naturally dyed loveliness from Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co.

Naturally dyed loveliness from Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co.

We have a brand new yarn! Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co. was debuted at Loop during Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and we now have it in our London store as well as online. We have two different yarns from Woolly Mammoth, and we’re so happy to welcome them to the selection of wonderful naturally dyed yarns we already have in stock at Loop. We are also running a giveaway this week, with a beautiful bundle of Woolly Mammoth Natural Sock minis up for grabs! Keep on reading to find out more.

Woolly Mammoth at Loop London
Photo credit: Emma Robinson

Woolly Mammoth was founded in 2017 by Emma Robinson. All of the beautiful yarn is hand dyed by Emma in Northern Ireland, on the North Coast.

Woolly Mammoth at Loop London
Natural Sock in Peony. Photo credit: Emma Robinson

Emma is passionate about unusual or interesting sheep breeds, and this is reflected in the yarns she chooses to dye and to work with. All of the Woolly Mammoth yarns we have at Loop are non-superwash and breed specific. Both of the yarns we carry are a Blue Faced Leicester/Cheviot blend, which is soft and springy.

All Woolly Mammoth yarns are naturally dyed. Emma uses plants that have been foraged from her local area or home grown in her garden, or scraps that have been salvaged from kitchen waste.

The soft colour palette is inspired and informed by the Irish landscape on Emma’s doorstep.

Woolly Mammoth at Loop London
Photo credit: Emma Robinson

Loop is carrying two yarns from Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co. We have the Natural Sock minis, which are sweet bundles of five 20g mini skeins, each a different colour, wrapped with a small piece of Irish linen. We also have the Natural Sock, which comes in 100g skeins, with 400m per skein, so there’s plenty to play with in just one skein.

Woolly Mammoth Natural Sock at Loop London
The Natural Sock minis shown with Natural Sock 100g skeins in OOAK 4, Orchid and Faded Peony

The fibre for these yarns is 50% BFL and 50% Cheviot, and has been sourced and spun in the UK. It has a high twist, which means it is comfortable to wear against your skin, but it’s also very durable.

Woolly Mammoth Natural Sock is of course perfect for knitting socks, but it would also be wonderful knitted into a lightweight sweater or cardigan, or a beautiful shawl.

There is a wonderful write-up all about Woolly Mammoth yarns, and Emma’s practice, in the newest issue of Laine Magazine, which we have just restocked! Jonna of Laine came to visit us at Loop this week, and we were so thrilled to see her!

We’ve put together a few pattern suggestions for our newest yarn; we think these would be wonderful knitted up in the Woolly Mammoth!

First up, our Loop Toe-Up Socks are perfect for the Natural Sock base. This is a free pattern for toe-up socks with an afterthought heel, and is a go-to in the shop when we want to knit a sample in a new sock yarn. How cute would a stripy pair be, knitted with the Natural Sock minis?

Toe up socks at Loop London
Our Toe-Up Socks, shown in the Madeline Tosh Twist Light and Lang Jawoll

The Under The Milky Way shawl would be gorgeous knitted up in the subtle shades of the Natural Sock – there are so many colour combinations to choose from!

Under the Milky Way at Loop London
Under The Milky Way by Melanie Berg shown in Plucky Knitter Primo

And how about a breezy top for the Spring? We’d love to see an Ara Tunic knitted in one of the beautiful semi solid colours from Woolly Mammoth. This lightweight top from Quince & Co would be a great choice with the springy Natural Sock base.

Ara tunic at Loop London
Quince & Co. Ara Tunic

As always, if you spot a colour from Woolly Mammoth that is out of stock while you’re browsing, please do send us an email and we can add you to our waiting list for the next delivery!

Now for our exciting giveaway! We will be giving away one set of the Natural Sock minis (previously pictured) to one lucky person this week. This giveaway will close on Thursday 11th April, and we will announce the winners on Friday 12th April. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, and we will enter you to win! This is open to everyone, so no matter where you are in the world, we can post to you. Good luck everyone!

This giveaway is now CLOSED.

258 Comments on “Naturally dyed loveliness from Woolly Mammoth Fibre Co.

  1. Natural dyes make such lovely colours! The yarn looks amazing, just makes you want to start knitting with it! <3

  2. Such a lovely colors! A few months ago I learned myself to knit socks and I love it. Would like to try the toe-up pattern.

  3. Love this natural sock base, my favourite pair of socks by far, and the colours mix and match so well together.

  4. Oh, such beautiful colours and squishy wool! One day I will visit your beautiful shop in London, Brexit or not!

  5. What a gorgeous yarn – thank you for telling us all about the yarn structure and the inspiration for the colours. I would love to try out the yarn by making a pair of Loop toe-up socks for my lovely auntie Eva.

  6. I didn’t make it to EYF this year but if I had, this is one of the yarns I would have tried to squish. Will just have to come to the shop to have a look instead.

  7. I second what Kat wrote: I’m longing for a visit to your shop, come brexit or no brexit. And the yarn in this post Would love to get my hands on it!!

  8. Well hello little minis I have never made socks ever yet!! but wow what a beautiful yarn to make a pair with. Here’s to a lil Irish luck ❤️❤️

  9. I love Emma’s yarn. Her sock base without nylon, superwash and naturally dyed to boot was a real revelation.

  10. I think being non superwash is fabulous. I’m happy handwashing my handknits. I love the mini colour mix, so soft and gentle. Ive not knitted with BFL yet, would be interesting to see how different it is to merino.

  11. I would love to win this lovely give away for my mum as she is crazy over knitting,socks,sweaters anything really. She is my steady rock in this world!

  12. This look of muted shades is perfect. I Wish I lived nearer so I could come and feel the squishy!

  13. Fabulous looking yarn, and what amazing colours to bring from natural dyeing!

    Here on the Isle of Man, we’re close to Emma’s home (can see the mountains on a clear day!) and I’m thinking of sourcing some of our local Loaghtan sheep’s fleeces to try out my own yarn next year. I’ll be ecstatic to develop anything as gorgeous as this.

  14. These look soft and such on trend colours! Just looking at them makes my imagination soar! Thank you for choosing such lovely new yarns for your shop!

  15. Oh my, apart from some scrumptious socks, I really do think that’s a perfect piece of installation art ❤️

  16. Thankyou for choosing Emma’s beauty yarn to stock. I love how the soft naturally dyed colours look and non Superwash yarn is making my knitting more interesting these days!

  17. I would love to knit with this wool. I have just started to knit socks again and realise I don’t have such beautiful naturally dyed high twist wool to knit with. The mini skeins would be perfect to play with the colours and discover favourites to buy for more socks. Thank you for this opportunity which has given me back my spark to knit again within the community

  18. Lovely yarn, I already have bought some of her sock yarn and I would love the mini set. The colors are so soft en pretty!

  19. Absolutely stunning! With the little bundles, what could you knit with one skein? I’m new to knitting and I’m still learning about gauges and skein length.

    Thanks for your guidence.

  20. What could be better….100% British and 100% naturally produced and dyed?! Completely sustainable – Well done Loop for stocking this! X

  21. To win those yarns, oh, such a wish!
    To stroke to feel, and have a squish,
    Then dreamy socks, so soft to knit
    So ‘joy’ upon my face is writ.

  22. How I love the beautiful yarn and colours of Emma’s magical creations. Thank you for the opportunity and amazing discoveries you present us.

  23. Such beautiful, dreamy yarn. I would love to see socks made from this yarn. Ive been waiting to knit my first pair and this would be yummy yarn for that.

  24. Ah these are so beautiful. I’ve just started knitting socks and I love the idea of minis! I’m doing my first toe-up pair at the moment and already know there’ll be another pair on my needles as soon as I’m done

  25. This yarn looks wonderful – perfect for a bit of colourwork.
    As always, everything in Loop appeals – the difficulty is holding back ;)

  26. Love to knit socks , will try this heel next time
    Beautiful light colors.
    Happy Easter to all from Denmark

  27. I‘d love to use Emma‘s beautiful yarn one day. It looks gorgeous and I love her sustainable way of doing business.

  28. I love Emma’s commitment to locally sourced and naturally dyed yarns and the amazing colors she is able to achieve. I’ve been watching her podcast from the beginning and hope to be able to purchase some of her beautifully dyed yarn one day – here’s hoping!

  29. I love, love, love this yarn-so lovely! Some friends and I visited your shop for the first time last summer-it was worth the 4,000 mile trip:) My favorite yarn shop, hands down!

  30. I love the soft gentle colours. I tend to gravitate to really vivid skeins, but the items I end up wearing are more often knit with a softer colour palette.

  31. I was so lucky to get the chance to visit Loop in Jan of this year and spent tons of time (and money) there, petting and buying….
    Loved my experience there! Thank you!!

  32. Anything naturally dyed is such a joy…
    I’m especially taken by the peony-to-grey yarn shown…

  33. This wool looks sooo gorgeous! Would love the opportunity of knitting with this one – a beautiful summer shawl!

  34. Amazing colors. Love to see these continuing explorations with natural dyes and breed-specific wool

  35. Always in your shop. Very hard to resist coming out empty handed! Love these baby spring colours!

  36. This new yarn is very special – beautiful colours. Would love to be able to feel it too.

  37. This will looks simply amazing and would knit up beautifully. I really hope I get a chance to try them out.

  38. These colours are so soft. I’d love to add a bundle of these to my stash. There are so many yarns I want to try and Woolly Mammoth is high on that list!

  39. Naturally dyed yarn is certainly taking responsibility for the future of our world. A very appealing concept.

  40. They looked beautiful at EYF as did everything on your packed stall. I would love a set of minis, please.

  41. I love her sock base and have yet to get my hands on some of her minis (they’ve sold out every time I tried!).

    • I love how no matter which shades you mix, all naturally dyed yarn works well together! I’m sure they’ll fly!

  42. Oh No! MORE gorgeous yarn to explore – I feel another ‘Loop Day’ coming on ……. 2 hours on a train to London, 2 hours in Loop, 2 hours on a train home. What bliss!

  43. So lovely and I bet it feels amazing to work with and to wear. Thanks for supporting and offering this beautiful yarn!

  44. I love these beautiful colours and breed specific yarns. And it is wonderful that they come from NI.

  45. I love the look of this yarn, and am impressed that it’s non super wash. Bravo for managing to get great colours from natural dyes, not easy!

  46. Just lovely! I love the colors and the twist of the yarn. The feel of the yarn is why I love knitting.

  47. I have admired Woolly manmoth yarns for ages such gorgeous blends and natural colours a real treat! I’m so excited to see you are stocking it! I’m in London in a couple of weeks so will be squishing the yarn at last. Loop you are the yarn space a real utopia for all of us. You make our yarn dreams happen!.

  48. These are the most gorgeous colours. I love all the projects you suggested but the shawl is calling my name.

  49. These yarns are so gorgeous!! Thank you for putting on this giveaway, fingers crossed! ♥️

  50. Your designs are so inviting. Choosing a color scheme would be so hard because you have delicious color ways for all of the! I’m in love!

  51. Evoking the colors of the Irish countryside in this yarn makes my heart skip a beat. Such lovely lovely colors. Thank you for this chance to experience them myself. Fingers crossed!

  52. These yarns look so soft I can almost feel them just by looking at the beautiful colours. Would love to knit a garment using all the colours because they are so gorgeous.

  53. Great looking yarn! Next pair of socks on the to-knit list. And definitely in this yarn, north coast in NI is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

  54. I loved the sock yarn yesterday. Considering I live in London Ontario Canada, it will be a little difficult to visit your shop. I would love to knit with it though.

  55. What beautiful work, both the yarn and the patterns are lovely. I would be gifting this to my Mom, if I were to be lucky enough to win. Thanks for the chance.

  56. Looks lovely to knit visit I will stock up! And could it be true..a pop up in NYC in November?? I’m so there, yes!

  57. I just love the fact that Woolly Mammoth is not too far up the toad from me over here in Northern Ireland and is sourcing such wonderful yarn in such gorgeous colours locally!

  58. I like the whole wool and natural dye ethos here and would love to win the natural mini sock bundle, tied with Irish linen of course and it would be extra special as my mother’s mother came from Noethern Ireland!

  59. When Irish dyes are smiling, and yarns have bounce and spring,
    And Woolly Mammoth’s natural sock all this, to us does bring
    when knitters hearts are happy all the world seems bright and gay
    Knitting socks and shawls and other things to steal your heart away

  60. Emma’s yarns are so beautiful. I love that they are natural and non-superwash. I managed to snag a few skeins at Alterknit (a woolly shop near Bristol), when they hosted Emma’s trunk show. The skeins are some of the most special in my stash, and I’m hoping to knit them into a lovely sweater design, I’ve had my eyes on, later this year. Thank you for this great giveaway! I’m keeping everything crossed.

  61. I love the natural colours that so positively represent and reflect our own natural environment. So harmonious!

  62. Am plucking up confidence to attempt to knit a pair of socks. Your giveaway wool looks perfect to use for this “beginner sock knitter.” Thank you.

  63. Oh these are just gorgeous! I’ve only worked with self-striping yarn with socks so I’m very excited to try working with these gorgeous colours to create unique socks.

  64. Those colours are just stunning. I love they are dyed in Ireland- I’m going to visit in September this year.

  65. I was lucky enough to do a test knit with Emma’s yarn. I absolutely love it! These shock minis would be a great addition to my stash

  66. I would love to win this. I am going to be visiting London in early December and will head to your store again. Love visiting your store! Cindi

  67. Yummy yummy yummy yarn…….and those colours(I must admit though….I wouldn’t use the yarn for socks….I‘d make a romper for one of my amigurumi dolls…….or a dress….or dungarees…..)

  68. Ooooh what a wonderful bundle of beauty! I would probably go for a pair of stripy socks, or even my favourite mitten pattern :)

  69. well hello!!! Now these babies look delicious…. Mmmm I need to seriously learn how to knit socks these are madly gorgeous ❤️

  70. Those colors- just so dreamy! They look so lovely individuals but so perfect together in the mini sock set!

  71. Love love love this yarn not least because its from my homeland. It is so squishy and knits up beautifully. So hope I am lucky

  72. Love that this is a British yarn
    I shall get a skein for socks next time I’m at Loop because then I’ve always got a new pair of socks to cast on.
    Thank you, Susan x

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