Long and Strong! The Swaledale breed has naturally long fibers and great strength.
Swaledale wool is predominantly used in carpet yarns and rug yarns due to its excellent resilience and hard-wearing properties. Some wool finds its use in hand-knitting yarns. The fineness is approx. 35-45 microns and length, 100-200mm. The... Read More
I like British longwools, but I hadn't tried Swaledale yet. The top is light gray in color - it's a very pleasing light sort of yellow-gray. There is a lot of kemp in this fiber, but it didn't cause problems in my test spin. The yarn spins easily. The crimp seems to be in an open, loose rhythm in this wool, and it must be at least slightly helical, because my worsted-spun test yarn fluffed up after washing. The finished yarn is medium in feel, not as coarse as the micron count would suggest. I think that a two-ply worsted spin of this top, not twisted in the spinning more tightly than necessary, will easily make a sturdy and comfortable yarn for knitting sweaters, or for weaving with. You could even knit cables successfully with it - I tried it on a knitted swatch and liked the result. The fiber is quick to spin because the staple length is reasonably long.
Softer than I expected! A fun spin.
This works well to add texture when using a blending board.
I received this order in slightly less than two days! The fiber is a lovely color and is less scratchy than I expected based on the description. I am going to make a rug and this seems almost too nice!
Very lovely texture and the coarse texture brings a unique feel to the spinning.