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I first heard about the Exmoor Blueface sheep from John Arbon back in 2010 when I was in London for Knit Nation. This relatively new breed is the result of a cross between Exmoor Horn (a hill breed from north Devon) and Bluefaced Leicester sheep. The UK was getting ready for the first Campaign for Wool, and John had been tasked with spinning a very special British yarn that would be woven into fabric for a suit that the Prince of Wales would wear for an event on Savile Row. He chose Exmoor Blueface for that yarn. Designer Susan Crawford seized on the

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