The Little Grey Sheep in Hook is one of only three Hampshire based firms that have come away with honours at the South-East regional heats of the UK-wide Rural Business Awards.
The Little Grey Sheep won Outstanding Rural Diversification Project and will now go on to represent the region at the national final in February 2019.
The Little Grey Sheep produces high quality, hand dyed, British knitting yarns from their own fine wool flocks, reared on the small family farm. The flock are sheared at Christmas for the finest quality fibre, then housed until the warmer weather comes. The flock is sheared by Susie, their shepherdess, washed in Yorkshire and spun at two small family mills, one in Yorkshire the other in Devon, finally heading back to the farm to be hand dyed by Emma before being shipped throughout the UK and the rest of the world.
Partner at The Little Grey Sheep, Emma Boyles, said:
“The Little Grey Sheep is unique in the UK, as we specialize in producing high quality, hand dyed, super soft British knitting yarns from our own fine wool flocks, reared on the small family farm. While we diversified out of necessity, the business marries my passion for farming with my love of textiles, while the provenance of our wool acts as a unique selling point for our customers. We are honoured to receive the Rural Business Award for Outstanding Diversification Project and can’t wait to share this exciting news with our team and our customers.”
The company was presented with their award at a glittering ceremony held at Denbies Wine Estate on October 23.