Traditionally, Donegal is a tweedy yarn that hales from Donegal Ireland but it has become more widely recognized as a yarn that comes studded with flecks of colour that is affixed during the spinning process. This sprinkling of spots (commonly called "neps") can add lots of colour-interest and texture into a knitted, crocheted, or woven fabric. Neps adhere better to the spun fibre the more it is washed and worn, some neps will come loose while working with the fibre.
This update on a traditional Donegal yarn comes from the dye pots at Olann; a hand dying enterprise that also happens to be Irish. We are big fans of Olann's original, multihued, colour-cocktails that are showcased in our collection of Olann Sock Lite but we have chosen more tonally variegated colours in these skeins of Donegal so the neps can assert their specialness.
This soft, mostly merino yarn will be an excellent choice for project such as shawls and light sweaters, and you could try it for socks too!
Fibre: 85% superwash merino, 15% Donegal nep
Yardage: 400m / 437 yards
Gauge: 28 sts per 10cm /4 inches
Care: wash by hand or gentle cycle machine in cold, lay flat to dry. Washfast and lightfast but may bleed for the first couple washes.