|He is showing off his show ribbons!|
Anyway, these guys are the Humvees of the sheep world--big, stocky, utilitarian, go-anywhere sheep with long staple wool that's super easy to spin. They produce a LOT of wool and, if you have the space, a Romney or two can really boost your income from fleece.
|Photo courtesy of SkyLines Farm of Idaho.|
For spinners, the wool is characterized by medium luster, low grease and minimal shrinkage during fiber prep. For knitters and weavers, the yarn works up best into hard wearing outerwear--sweaters, hats, mittens, throws. If you're sensitive, you may not appreciate it right next to skin.
I bought some roving recently at Asheville NC Homecrafts shop in the Grove Arcade and dyed it into two new colorways I'm working on...High Desert and Hill Country Morning. Both have a bit of a heathery halo to them that I haven't seen in my other dyeing escapades. I'm very happy with the fiber, but have my fears about the yarn, just because I really like my fiber soft and snuggly. Stay tuned for the yarn and a project. I'll let you know if it's soft enough for knickers.
|Hill Country Morning|