Northumberland's Finest Natural Yarns

Soft, lustrous and natural knitting & crochet yarns from the wilds of Northumberland. Mohair from our Angora Goats and wool from our Wensleydale Sheep is spun in Yorkshire before being hand dyed, to an array of brilliant colours, back here on the farm. We also offer a range of exclusive, contemporary knitting and crochet patterns. Available by digital download, FREE with the yarn.

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Whistlebare Story

Here at Whistlebare producing yarn is entirely a family affair. Every stage of the process is in our hands from selecting the livestock to labelling the last skein of yarn. When you buy natural yarn from Whistlebare you know that it has been produced with the utmost care; both for its quality and beauty, and its concern for animal welfare and environmental impact.

On our small family farm in North Northumberland we keep pedigree flocks of Angora Goats, for their fine mohair fleece and Wensleydale Sheep for their high lustre longwool. Every attention is paid to our animals' care from planting mixed swords of grass and herbs, keeping their hooves neatly trimmed, patrolling 'maternity' through the night at kidding / lambing time and housing them in thick straw beds through the cold winter months. Any feed that is required in addition to that grown on the farm is sourced from our local mill.

Equal care is taken in the process of producing top quality natural yarns. Our mohair and wensleydale fleeces are scoured, blended and worsted spun in Yorkshire. The mill that we use is in its third generation of family ownership. We ply our yarn into 4ply, double knit and aran weights and then return it to the farm to be dyed by hand.

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Our newly extended Studio is open and we are excited to welcome you to Whistlebare.

Open on Wednesday and Friday.

10.30am – 3pm

You are welcome to visit at other times as I am generally around and always happy to open up, please text me on 07775 501068 and I will confirm.

You are always welcome and there is no obligation to buy.

If you would like to see our wares and the animals in their paddocks then come and visit our Studio @ Whistlebare.

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Knitting Day Retreats

Whistlebare Retreats.

Knitting Day Retreats at Whistlebare are a lovely, relaxing day out with animals, home cooked lunch, endless cake and of course knitting.

11th May 2024

6th July 2024

14th September 2024

all dates sold out, please email if you would like to be added to a waiting list.

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