FOR SALE AS OF JULY 4, 2018
LOTS OF YARN SPORT, WORSTED, AND LOPI WEIGHTS, ALL NATURAL COLORS
Yarn, fleeces, sheepskins, and roving are available by order, or at the barn. Our local shop for everything to do with knitting: In Sheep's Clothing, at 10 Water Street, Torrington, CT.
We currently offer yarn in three weights: single-ply Lopi (minimum 130 yds. per skein, at $20.00), and two-ply Worsted (minimum 250 yds. per skein, at $25.00), and Sport (minimum 250 yds. per skein).
Ask about the pattern for 'The Cornwall Sweater', designed especially for our undyed wool.
Icelandics have 'coats of many colors'. See in Photos, pictures of sheepskins available as of 3.15.14
Icelandic fleece may be the world's most versatile fiber. Handspinners can spin a wide range of yarns for an even wider range of uses from a single fleece, because Icelandic sheep are dual coated. The long outer coat is called TOG. THEL is the name of the fine inner coat. The tog is classed as a medium wool with a 50-53 spinning count, or 27 microns. It is wavy with little or no crimp and is therefore perfect for worsted spinning. Pure tog yarns make excellent warp that stands up to the weaving process without breakage. The thel is three to four inches long with an irregular crimp. It is fine, soft as cashmere and lustrous. With a 65-70's count, or 20-21 microns, it is classified as a fine wool. Lofty when spun, it makes a luxurious warm woolen yarn when used for next to the skin garments.
Most of our yarn is blended and dehaired, and comes in black, white, golden white, brown, and grey. We have some some yarn spun from the Thel alone. We welcome special requests and advance orders. Fleeces are generally available in the Fall.
The most eye-catching aspect of Icelandics is the variation of colors and patterns. Genetically, Icelandics have one of two base colors, either black or moorit (brown). They exhibit 5 pattern combinations: white, gray, badgerface, mouflon and solid. Individual sheep may also display various shades of these colors/patterns, ranging from white, cream, light gray, tan, caramel, milk chocolate, silver, dark chocolate, dark gray, to jet black. A spotting gene adds even more combinations with many recognized and named patterns of white markings.
The result is wool, fleeces, and yarn, in interesting shades, without dying.