Content: 100% Wool
Yarn weight: DK
Gauge: 19-21 sts = 4”
Needle size: 4-5mm / 6-8 US
Yardage: 136yds / 125m = 50g
Care: Handwash cool, lay flat to dry
Feels like: Slightly fluffy, soft wool
Use for: Garments, accessories, shawls, etc.
Project Suggestions: The Arbusto sweater by Rosa Pomar, the Kodachi Shawl by Noriko Ichikawa, or the Suovu Mittens by Pirita Hiltunen
Brusca is a breed and flock specific yarn made by Retrosaria Rosa Pomar out of 50% Saloia and 50% Merino Branco and Merino Preto wool (read below for more about these breeds!). It’s a very soft yarn that offers a rustic look without the itch, and comes in a range of undyed and dyed shades. Like all of the Retrosaria yarns, Brusca is grown, sourced, milled, and dyed in Portugal, and supports farmers raising these rare native sheep breeds. We love Brusca for all sorts of projects - at a light DK/worsted gauge, it’s very a very flexible yarn for garments and accessories.
Saloia sheep are native to Lisbon and Setúbal, and its wool has been known since the 19th century to be one of the finest available in that region. Saloia are also known for their milk, from which the famous Azeitão cheese was traditionally made! Saloia and Merino Branco and Merino Preto sheep are free range. Mulesing is not practised in Portugal.