Gulf Coast Native

Few people have heard the fascinating story behind the Gulf Coast Native breed, once a feral sheep in the Southeast United States. They have a long history, tracing back as descendants of the earliest sheep brought to the US by Spanish and French explorers. Later, when Virginia settlers migrated south, these ‘natives’ were crossed with traditional British Merino breeds, making them fine for both wool and meat. They learned to fend for themselves, foraging in woods as well as fields, surviving on a wide array of flora, including, happily, the invasive kudzu.


Gulf Coast Native sheep lack wool on their faces, legs, and bellies, an adaptation to the heat and humidity of the South. They're small but come in different colors, some have horns, some not. They're extraordinarily hardy and make great mothers, giving birth easily and attending carefully to their offspring. When selected and bred for fiber, they provide a one-of-a-kind creamy, lustrous fleece, with a reasonably soft hand.

Released in its pure, natural, undyed glory, this replicates the original yarns of our ancestors and knitting heritage.

We offer a range of shipment options through USPS. The shipping cost will depend on order size and destination - our shipping pricing comes directly from USPS.

You will receive a shipping confirmation, including a tracking number once we process your order. We are a small team, and this may take up to 2-3 business days. For more information on shipping please see our FAQs.

Gulf Coast Native

Stone Wool

$ 30

We've transformed the fleece from these rare and beautiful sheep into a gorgeous, full and bouncy yarn that is deliciously soft. Made from undyed and 100% pure Gulf Coast Native wool sourced from their native lands of Georgia, here in the United States. Featuring a fine even crimp that supports defined cables and texture work. It was sorted, scoured, drafted, and spun into two weights: sport (2-ply) and aran weight (3-ply), because it was impossible to choose between them!

Released in its pure, natural, undyed glory, this replicates the original yarns of our ancestors and stays true to our knitting heritage.

Specifications

SPORT WEIGHT

  • Yardage: Approx. 265 yds [242 m] / 100g skein
  • Gauge: 5.5 sts per inch on size US 4 needle / 5 sts per inch on size US 6 needle 
  • Spin: 2-ply

ARAN WEIGHT

  • Yardage: Approx. 178 yds [163 m] / 100g skein
  • Gauge: 4.5 sts per inch on size US 7 needle / 3.75 sts per inch on size US 9 needle
  • Spin: 3-ply

Provenance

Fiber: Undyed 100% Gulf Coast Native | Georgia, US
Spun: Upstate New York

Free Download of Lucy or Clara Hat by Pam Allen
This yarn includes an automatic free download of the Lucy or Clara Hat: Lucy, worked in the sport weight, 2-ply version of Gulf Coast Native, yields a more delicate cabled hat than Clara, the version made in the Aran weight, 3-ply. Both patterns require 1 skein of GCN.

Few people have heard the fascinating story behind the Gulf Coast Native breed, once a feral sheep in the Southeast United States. They have a long history, tracing back as descendants of the earliest sheep brought to the US by Spanish and French explorers. Later, when Virginia settlers migrated south, these ‘natives’ were crossed with traditional British Merino breeds, making them fine for both wool and meat. They learned to fend for themselves, foraging in woods as well as fields, surviving on a wide array of flora, including, happily, the invasive kudzu.


Gulf Coast Native sheep lack wool on their faces, legs, and bellies, an adaptation to the heat and humidity of the South. They're small but come in different colors, some have horns, some not. They're extraordinarily hardy and make great mothers, giving birth easily and attending carefully to their offspring. When selected and bred for fiber, they provide a one-of-a-kind creamy, lustrous fleece, with a reasonably soft hand.

Released in its pure, natural, undyed glory, this replicates the original yarns of our ancestors and knitting heritage.

We offer a range of shipment options through USPS. The shipping cost will depend on order size and destination - our shipping pricing comes directly from USPS.

You will receive a shipping confirmation, including a tracking number once we process your order. We are a small team, and this may take up to 2-3 business days. For more information on shipping please see our FAQs.

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