|Brindle Shetland yarn, finished skein 466 yards|
|Close up of Brindle Shetland yarn|
|Dolly Dorset - raw lock from darkest portion of fleece|
Saving a lock out of the raw fleece is an excellent idea, since I seldom am able to process a whole fleece at the same time. Typically, I'll do a small sample and start the record keeping in a spinning journal. The pages aren't in any particular format, but I do try to record things that I do with the fleece.
|Combed nests of Dolly Dorset's fleece|
|Finished skein of combed Dolly Dorset|
|Close up of the finished yarn|
The spinning was smooth and easy. The combed preparation drafted smoothly, and I did much less predrafting than I typically do. I spun with a medium backward draw since the staple length was allowing me to do so. The singles were very fine and the plying went well. Overall, I continue to be impressed by how well-behaved this fleece is. Everything just works, smooth and simple. The fiber does shed slightly while spinning, and feels somewhat dry in comparison to other wools I've worked with. I don't know if this is characteristic of the down wools or not. I've got an order in to another shepherd for some Dorset roving to test this idea, but being a commercial prep, so I'm not sure the comparison will be valid.
The statistics on this skein are: 31 grams, 1.1 ounce, 124 yards. Spun singles clockwise on the Kromski Fantasia and chain plied counterclockwise 13 treadles on the Louet S10.
|Dolly Dorset carded batt|