Pale silver heathery lambswool and alpaca roving 70/30. This is a blend of white and pale gray Romney lamb fleeces and a silver alpaca fleece (huacaya). All Iowa fiber. The farms represented here are Peeper Hollow, Oak Creek, and Enchanted Alpacas. This listing for 4 ounces of roving.
Many novice spinners wonder what they should learn on, and some believe it is best to buy inexpensive fiber because they mistakenly believe they will ruin good fiber and waste their money. I do not agree with this. In fact, good fiber will help you to learn how to spin, although not all types of fiber are well suited for the novice. In my opinion, a fiber that drafts easily and has good crimp so that the other fibers are recruited into the drafting zone is a good choice. Usually, I suggest starting with a fiber that is more medium in its diameter and crimp pattern with a longer staple of about 4 inches rather than starting with shorter, finer, and more slippery fibers. This roving was designed to meet these specifications. The truth of the matter, however, is that even a very seasoned spinner often looks to something that is comfortable and easy to spin.
I really like this roving. It practically spins itself. I always like gray, and certainly this gray is very versatile, neutral to cooler, very silver and pale. In our range of rovings, you can see it in the third photo as the one on the far right. Consider overdyeing this in a range of colors where it will be a wonderful heather effect. This is a very versatile fiber. Most people will tolerate it close to the skin but it will be quite sturdy compared to a merino yarn and more pill-resistant. It will spin to a wide range of yarn weights. Think of everyday sweaters, gloves, hats, and other items that must be practical. Gorgeous in an afghan.
care instructions: wash cool water no agitation mild soap, lay flat to dry. Although Romney does not felt readily, I anticipate this fiber will have some capacity to felt, and certainly a knitted item will full beautifully in the washer. I just don't know what degree of shrinkage for you to expect, so I would test a sample if you are thinking in that direction.