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A new selection of soft spinning fibers have arrived!
BROWN JACOB WOOL TOP
Jacob Sheep have graced the large estates and country homes of England for many centuries. Their impressive horns, black and white faces and spotted bodies have no doubt contributed to their popularity and survival.
The Brown Select Jacob Wool has been hand picked from the fleece and processed to keep the rich brown color. The micron count ranges between 25-35. Jacob is easy to spin and produces a springy yarn.
MASHAM WOOL TOP
Masham sheep have been bred for over a century on the hill farms in the Northern Counties of England. The Masham sheep is produced by crossing a Teeswater or Wensleydale and Swaledale or Dalesbred.
This wool overdyes beautifully and is a great choice for rugs or projects that need a more robust wool. Masham wool is a beautiful silver grey color with a good degree of lustre. It is classified as a longwool. Micron count is between 31-36 microns.
CHEVIOT WOOL TOP
Cheviot is a main British wool breed. The modern Cheviot breed has been produced by selection rather than by crossing. It is a pure breed, one of a very few in this country. Cheviots produce generous fleeces of white wool which is preferred by mills because its fineness, crimp, and length of staple give it superior spinning and combing qualities, and its low grease content
Cheviot Wool Top is a beautiful natural white color. The micron count is between 27-33. The wool top is open without being slippery making it an excellent wool for beginner spinners. The wool practically spins itself. The yarn produced from Cheviot wool is a pleasure to knit, crochet or weave.
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.