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


Like all of the other down breeds, springy and lofty definitely come to mind when spinning this wool. It has the compound crimp you expect to see, making it resistant to felting and highly elastic. It tends to be slightly crisper than Southdown, but also more resistant to abrasion. This makes for extremely warm and hardwearing sweaters, mittens, and socks that wear like iron and have plenty of definition. The original heath breeds of Shropshire have had Southdown, Lincoln, and a little Cotswold bred in over the years. Shropshire became one of the most popular wools in the 18th and 19th century. Today, though rarer, it is still used for both meat and its lovely wool.

Shropshire Top

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