I think I had better let you in on a little secret as to how I came up with the design for this blanket and why the four white stripes.

Pippy Posing With all our Zwartbles Ireland Products

Pippy Posing With all our Zwartbles Ireland Products

The Zwartbles sheep who take part in the postings on the Zwartbles Ireland website are the inspiration for the design.

Pippy Longstockings Posing With a Zwartbles Travel Rug

Pippy Longstockings Posing With a Zwartbles Travel Rug

The four white stripes on our blankets have a very good reason for being there. They represent the four distinctive white markings that all Zwartbles sheep must have to correctly represent the breed. (The white socks on the front legs are optional.)

Pippy as a Lamb Showing off Her Four White Markings, White Tipped Tail, Pair White Stockings & Strong White Blaze

Pippy as a Lamb Showing off Her Four White Markings, White Tipped Tail, Pair White Stockings & Strong White Blaze

The single narrow stripe on the blanket which represents the white marking at the tip of the long undocked tail.

Pippy Pointing Out the Single Narrow Stripe Which Represents the Tip to Her Tail

Pippy Pointing Out the Single Narrow Stripe Which Represents the White Tip to Her Tail

The second stripe on the blanket is the broad stripe or blaze that Zwartbles sheep have from the top of their head between their ears down to their nose.

Pippy Showing How the Broad Stripe on this Queen Blanket Represents Her Distinctive Zwartbles Blaze

Pippy Showing How the Broad Stripe on this Queen Blanket Represents Her Distinctive Zwartbles Blaze

Finally the two narrow stripes on the blankets together are the two white stockings from the Zwartbles hind legs.

Zwartbles White Tipped Tails & Stockings

Zwartbles White Tipped Tails & Stockings

So there you have why we have the four white stripes on our otherwise pure rich dark chocolate natural Zwartbles wool blankets.

Pippy Proudly Standing Next to a Zwartbles Blanket

Pippy Proudly Standing Next to a Zwartbles Queen Blanket

With autumnal colors everywhere winter is drawing ever closer so you might like a warm 100% all natural Irish wool blanket, or knit yourself a wonderful chocolate woolly sweater with our Zwartbles yarn.

Pippy with the Travel Rug & 100% Zwartbles Yarn

Pippy with the Travel Rug & 100% Zwartbles Yarn

3 Responses to I Tell a Little Secret

  1. judy maxwell says:

    Another use for black wool not just pristeen enough for spinning – line hanging baskets to keep the soil in the basket and to mulch around plants, it works a treat and as it’s black it blends in with surroundings where white would not look right!!

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