This wool roving is years in the making. The shetland sheep have been raised since they were wee lambs with lots of chin scratches, hugs around their fluffy necks and handfuls of tasty treats. For the first time, I am releasing some of my precious annual wool harvest for public purchase. It turns out, a girl can only spin and knit so much wool herself.
I am not 100% happy with how this roving turned out. Next time, I"ll use a mill that de-hairs before carding. Because of the hair content, this wool is best for spinning yarn that won't be worn against the skin, for spinning very fine lace weight, for felting or for rug making. The price has been discounted accordingly.
Francine is one of our matriarchs, older and wiser with limitless patience. Quiet and undemanding, she is always well satisfied by a gentle scratch under her chin and a kind word. One of our best mothers, she is often to be found in charge of not only her lambs, but those of several of her sisters and nieces.
Francine grows exceptionally long locks of wool-- up to 12" long though most are about 6-8". Francine is a traditional double coated Shetland which means that her fleece contains both a soft, downy undercoat and a long more durable outer coat. The long strands of the outer coat protect her from bad weather and provide strength to spun yarn. They also have much more shine than the undercoat. Because of the long, glossy fibers Francine's wool is pure bliss to spin and an excellent choice for a new spinner. It is so easy to spin a thin, even yarn with wool like this! The yarn is ideal for projects that need to be durable like boot socks and outerwear. Francine is an older sheep and her fleece isn't as soft as lamb's wool so its not my first choice for scarves or other items worn directly against the skin.
This roving was grown by my flock, on my farm and sheared by me and my family. The wool was processed into roving at Stonehedge Fiber Mill (http://www.stonehedgefibermill.com/) in MI. Photos of yarn are included to show how the wool looks spun up. My skill at spinning is a work in progress, so the yarn that results from your own spinning efforts may vary significantly.
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