At Rail Fence Farm, my brother-in-law raises Suffolk x Hampshire cross sheep for the children in the extended family to show at the county fairs and for meat. I take the fleeces that are sheared once a year and have them washed and carded into batts for spinning and needle felting.
The staple length is between 2 and 3 inches. The locks have indistinct to tiny spirally crimp. This wool yields lofty, springy yarn whether spun for singles or plies. The most amazing characteristic of this down wool is that it resists wet felting and fulling even after being washed in a machine washer and dried in a dryer!! I have a pair of socks that I've put through the washer and dryer 4 times so far and the stitches are still distinct with absolutely NO SHRINKAGE or felting! Fantastic for long wearing socks and outerwear. And it's really not all that scratchy next to skin. It dyes nicely too.
Additionally this wool is FANTASTIC for needle felting.
For more information on spinning and knitting down wool, see the Spring 2017 Issue of PLY magazine.
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