The Grå Trøndersau - the Gray Troender sheep - has perhaps Norway's finest wool fibre. The wool is similar to that of the crossbreed (Norway’s main sheep breed, a mix of the Cheviot, Dala and Steigar breeds), but is finer than
Norwegian white sheep. Because the breed originates from the Norwegian Tauter sheep, an extinct merino sheep, it has a particularly good curly, fine-grained wool, but at the same time it’s robust and resistant to heavy use.
fibre retains more of its natural structure because we don’t subject the wool to chemical treatments or additives to develop specific yarn properties. Each pelt has many shades of gray, and by sorting the wool we get bundles of yarn in several colours
Everything takes place at a small Norwegian spinning mill. The wool is gently washed using minimal detergent, thus retaining much of the lanolin. Production takes place using small machines, meaning the fibre is subjected to
very little mechanical wear and thus retains its natural tension. We get lots of feedback that mittens made from our yarn are particularly soft and warm - maybe this is why.
“HulderUll - Grå Trøndersau” is
the trademark of the wool that we produce on our farm Bjørnerud. We are located in Tessungdalen, in Tinn in the county of Telemark in Norway, and we’re passionate about how we can produce the best possible wool (and not the most in terms of volume).
We have great respect for the old farm ladies who were responsible for wool-producing animals and the farm’s textile production. They followed the wool from sheep to textile, and the knowledge lived in their fingers. They knew which animals to keep for
breeding, which gave wool to use for hard-wearing clothes, and which gave wool to be used for the innermost part of the body. That knowledge was lost with them - our goal is to get it back!