Wensleydale sheep: lustre and long wool luxury!
Hand dyed Wensleydale tops (100g/AU$20)
The Professor SOLD
Masham sheep: lustre, crimp and so nice to spin!
Another one of my favourites: yep you guessed right; I love “dreadlock sheep” …lol.. Masham sheep have been bred for over a centry on the hill farms in the Northern Counties of England. They are produced by crossing a Teeswater ram onto either a Dalesbred or Swaledale ewe, both hardy hill breeds. It is from these parent breeds that the Masham gains its hardiness, longevity, heavy milking qualities, strong moterhing instincts and high prolificacy. The Masham ewe is medium sized and hornless. Her fleece is long stapled, 8-10 inches on a yearling and 6 to 7 inches on a ewe, with a good degree of lustre.
Hand dyed masham tops (100g/AU$20)
Don’t look now
Old Norwegian Sheep: the oldest sheep breed and great to spin !The Old Norwegian Sheep or Villsau is a small primitive type of sheep which inhabited Norway and the rest of Scandinavia as well, including Iceland and Faeroes. Probably only the feral Soay Sheep of St. Kilda are more primitive. The sheep are small framed, with good legs and a fleece varying in colour from almost white to greyish, dark brown, badger-faced, muflon pattern and black. Adult males weigh on average 43 kg (95 lbs) and females 32 kg (70 lbs). The fleece is remarkably fine and in contrast to the mouflon, the inner fleece is highly developed. The outer coat has long fibers, up to 30 cm (11.8 in) around the neck on the males. Normally, the sheep shed their fleece naturally in early July. All the males of this breed are horned with approximately 10 % of the ewes also being horned. This breed of sheep has a unique pattern of flight (escaping an enemy), which makes it suitable for use in grazing areas with predators. It is fabulous to spin and softer than you think: after spinning just “whack” the yarn and use a conditioner and it will amaze you with its lustre and durability!
Hand dyed Old Norwegian tops (100g/AU$18)
Jamaica Inn 2 left
Hand dyed Kid mohair tops (100g/AU$23)
Hand dyed 4 ply Blue Faced Leicester/Bunny yarn; great for socks and much much more! (100g/345meters/AU$26)
Deep Sea SOLD
I would have had more batts if only the power did not fail on me (again!) yesterday….so here are the two I have finished, but I will have more this Sunday at my Arts Centre Stall at Southbank!
The Green Dwarf (112grams/AU$36) alpaca, angora bunny, yak, silk, glitz and Angelina SOLD