Combing wools

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Yesterday I was lucky to attend a spinning day at a farm which raises Cotswolds and their crosses. I came home with a pound of fleece to experiment with. This British long wool breed is also known as the “poor mans mohair” but there is nothing poor about it. The lockes are long and lustrous and spin very easily. A bit of sampling produced a 12 epi two ply yarn that had a lovely drape and knit up easily. It does have a halo which I believe right now to be part of the characteristic of the wool. This wool gave me the opportunity to bring out my Viking combs and do a true worsted prep and then a worsted draft to produce a true worsted yarn. It was a lot of fun.

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