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100 grams (3.4 oz.) of undyed commercial top, ready to spin.


This is truly one of the world’s rarest breeds of sheep. They are primitive, with both males and females having up to six wildly curling horns, and a double coat that processes into a surprisingly lovely medium yarn. Though individual fleeces can be quite soft, in general the wool is hardwearing and elastic. When spun with moderate twist, it makes great mittens, hats, and sweaters suitable for working outside. No one knows just how old this breed is, but it has continually inhabited the Isle of Mann as long as people have farmed there, starting somewhere around 4,000 BCE. Originally they came in many colors, like most primitive sheep, but due to near extinction there are only brown genetics left today.

Manx Loaghtan Top

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