Baa Ram Ewe Titus
The breathless reviews for Titus are quite right! The artisanal makers of Baa Ram Ewe have combined the beautiful long locks of the quintessential Yorkshire Wensleydale with the finest of British sheep breeds, the Bluefaced Leicester, and gilded the lily with a touch of UK alpaca to create a luxurious fingering-weight yarn with the perfect balance of squish and drape.
We met Verity Britton (a veritable Yorkshire pixie) at the TNNA trade show and were taken with her love for local fibers and her passionate support of a nearly lost industry. She created Titus in homage to Yorkshire mill owner and philanthropist Sir Titus Salt, a Leeds-born wool manufacturer and an early spinner of British alpaca in 1836. Titus is spun in Yorkshire by West Yorkshire Spinners of Keighley.
Verity calls the deep, rich shades of Titus "homely colours" — that's "homey" to us Yanks — and calls them by names that "evoke images and memories of a land which has such strong historic connections to wool and wool manufacturing."
Now, who doesn't want to curl up with a skein of Titus and a cuppa Yorkshire Gold?
100g, 350 yds (320m); 28-30 sts = 4" on US 2-3 (2.75-3mm)
COLOR: Parkin. Yummy russet, named for a traditional Yorkshire ginger and treacle cake.
COLOR: Chevin. Evoking the rolling green hills of Otley Chevin, typical of the Yorkshire landscape.
COLOR: Bantam. A lively claret, named for half the stripes on the Bradford City's footballers' jerseys.
COLOR: Eccup. This deepest aqua reflects the tranquility of the Eccup reservoir in West Yorkshire.
COLOR: Aire. A soft lucid blue named for the River Aire that powered Yorkshire woollen mills.
COLOR: Yorkstone. The warm rosy fawn of sandstone cut from medieval Yorkshire quarries.
COLOR: White Rose. Named for the simple, creamy Dog Rose, herald of the Duke of York.
COLOR: Mild. A ruby, warm brown evocative of the classically north British "Mild" beer.
COLOR: Filey. A vintage yellow, inspired by the beaches of the Yorkshire coastal town of Filey.
COLOR: Bramley Baths. A soft silvery-green homage to the beautifully restored Victorian swimming baths in West Leeds.
COLOR: Coal. Smudgy charcoal grey, named for the 'other' historic lifeblood of Yorkshire.
COLOR: Crucible. A soft, steely grey, inspired by the steel industry of South Yorkshire.
COLOR: Goathland. The purple of autumn heather found in Goathland, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.
COLOR: Endeavour. A deep marine blue, inspired by the Captain Cook's famous ship, constructed in a Yorkshire coastal town.