I was so excited when I discovered this yarn! Retrosaria is the brain child of Rosa Pomar, a textile talent who has taken on the project of conserving indigenous sheep breeds in her home country of Portugal. To make certain that these unique sheep breeds and some of the traditional Portuguese fibre processes are preserved she has developed several beautiful yarn lines that celebrate both. We have three of them in the shop for you to try.
Beiroa ↑ is a rustic wool yarn from the Bordaleira Serra da Estrela sheep. It comes in a lovely range of colours as you can see. It has a woolly hand, full of lanoline which is the perfect hand moisture for knitters and has a wonderful smell, yes smell!! Is so sweet!
Beiroa softens and blooms beautifully after washing.
Beiroa in it’s natural state is lightly spun with both texture and colour variation. Light and dark sheep’s wool are spun together to achieve tonal changes and some barber poling effects. The wool is then over dyed in all the pretty colours and the result is a wonderful colour depth with lots of whimsical and unexpected shadows and highlights.
Mungo ↑ is made from recycled wool and cotton in equal amounts. We can feel good about using a product that is made entirely from pre-consumer textile waste. The fibre and the processing is Portuguese and therefore has a small footprint too. We can feel pretty good about how the yarns looks and handles too. I love the subtle texture and the colour heathering (I think I just made up that word) in this product. I also love the labels, they are so cute….which brings me to …… Mondim ↓
I adore the illustration on these labels. In fact I could have purchased this yarn just for that, but there is more! Mondim is a fingering weight yarn made from 100% Portuguese wool. You could make super cute socks from this yarn or there is a sweater project Rosa Pomar has started made from Mondim that I am coveting. This is not a superwash wool so the natural properties of the yarn have not been messed with and your knitting and crocheting projects will keep their shapes beautifully. It also is lovely-soft! This yarn knits up with gentle colour variation and some striping depending on the stitch pattern and the number of stitches.
For Retrosaria inspiration and drool worthy projects have a look at Rosa Pomar’s Instagram account HERE