The luxurious fleece and pelt of the Gotland sheep are what sets them apart from other breeds. Gotland pelts are world-renowned for their superior quality. The pelts sell for a premium, due to their smooth silky locks and soft handle.
The Gotland’s fleece is considered to be among the best in the world for spinning and weaving. It is the very high luster and well-defined crimp, along with the array of silver and gray shades that make the fleeces highly desirable to hand spinners, knitters and weavers.
Traditionally a dual purpose sheep, this fiber was established by the Vikings by crossing Karkul, Ramnov and native Swedish sheep. These three blends created the Gotland sheep with a surprisingly long staple length of 6.5 inches. The fiber has a clearly defined even curl and staple that is soft to the touch. The fleece is typically 29 to 35 microns in diameter. Lambs wool can be in the low to mid 20’s micron range.
Gotland fleeces are similar to Wensleydale in luster but are not quite as soft. It is generally used as an outer wear fiber. Gotland wool is strong, lustrous and smooth when spun worsted and is light and soft when spun into a lofty woolen yarn. The wool felts easily with a smooth surface and strong hold, even when lightly felted. This is what makes Gotland wool the “felter’s favorite”.
Gotland wool is fine, long, lustrous and dense and can be all shades of grey from silver to charcoal and dark enough to be almost black. Traditional Gotland Gray is a rich blue-grey color that does not discolor in sun exposure. This is a great wool to add to your alpaca to give your yarn more memory! 7 Yaks Design has natural gray roving and several hand dyed colors including wedgewood, blackberry, teal, indigo, midnight and crushed grape.
All 7 Yaks Design fibers are hand dyed with professional dyes that are both lightfast and washfast for long lasting, fade resistant color.