We used a family-run spinning mill, Wellington Fibres out of Elora, ON to process our fibre. Our wool was washed using a gentle, biodegradable soap, spun into single-ply lopi yarn, and skeined into 150-175g skeins.
Lopi yarn is a type of yarn that is well-suited to Icelandic wool; lopi is the traditional form of yarn from Icelandic sheep. Icelandic wool is dual coated. The shorter inner fibres (the thel) are very soft, fine, and highly insulating. The outer fibres (the tog) are longer, glossy, and water repellant. They are gently spun creating a yarn that is lightweight, breathable, and water repellant. Icelandic lopi yarns yield clothing that is light and comfortable to wear, and they keep you dry and cozy. No wonder my sheep look happy no matter the weather!
I haven't actually knit yet with these yarns, so the recommended needle sizes are estimates based on the weight and yardage.
150 yards/160 gram (large) skeins
This yarn is from our black-grey mouflon ram, Roscoe, and our black-grey badgerface ewe, Wrena. It is a lovely mix of dark and light greys. This is on the light side of a Bulky weight yarn and could be knitted with US size 9-11 knitting needles (5.5mm - 8mm).
150 yards/175 gram (large) skeins
This yarn, in a solid cream hue, is from our white ewes, Skeeter, and is quite soft. This yarn is a Bulky weight yarn and could be knitted with US size 10-13 knitting needles (6mm - 9mm).
170 yards/150gram (large) skeins
This yarn, in a cream colour, is from 3 of our white lambs, Freddy, LuAnn, and Kaygirl. The lightest weight of the three yarns, this one is a bit thicker than a Worsted weight yarn and could be knitted with US size 7-9 knitting needles (4.5-5.5mm).
The pricing is based on my cost to produce.
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