Wensleydales

SAFF purchase details: Post #1

The first place I bought wool from I had stopped to look at an overflowing basket of gorgeous, shiny, curly, white wool locks. Next thing I knew the owner was right next to me. She was such a nice lady, and she told me all about the Wensleydale sheep she has (Wensleydales are native to England) and how nice their fleece is. Believe me, you could see how nice the fleeces were. All it took was one touch.

It’s got some very fluffy characteristics to it. Rather reminiscent of mohair or angora goats. I bought two balls of wool roving—one had more Wensleydale in it than the other. You can see the “fuzz” difference in the picture. The fuzzier one in the front had more Wensleydale. Both balls are really soft.

Roving Balls

Roving Balls

Then I got some locks of wool that had been in a washing accident and felted up a bit. I’m going to spin them in with some singles for a thick and thin sort of yarn.

Wensleydale Locks

Wensleydale Locks

I was quite pleased with the prices, too. Here’s a link to her website: Gwenyth Glynn Wensleydales

Her daughter was there plying some yarn on a double treadle wheel. I’m not sure what kind it was, but she let me try it. It was so smooth! And it was weird using the two foot pedals. It felt like I had to work twice as hard to get the twist into the yarn. I was plying from two spools sitting over at my right, and the strands coming off of them kept tangling around each other. One of the ladies watching suggested that I put one of my legs between the two singles. It worked wonderfully.

Nobody panic; I still like my antique wheel. It has a character all its own. In fact, I’m now second guessing changing the milk paint color when we get it all tightened up. So many hard decisions.

One Response to Wensleydales
  1. Mama Mentor
    October 27, 2008 | 10:21 pm

    Too bad we can’t actually feel the fleece through the internet!

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