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


This is one of those wools that defies expectations. Being long and technically coarse, the expectation is one of itchiness. But when softly spun and plied, Wensleydale is silky and has beautiful drape. It can also make some simply stunning lace when spin thread-fine. The history of the breed is a rare one, in that we know the exact ram who started it all. In 1838 a Leicester ram was crossed with a Teeswater ewe, and the resulting ram lamb was named Blue Cap for his striking blue-grey head and ears. He grew up large and with a beautiful conformation, and was thus bread widely into the local Teeswater ewes, forming the basis of the breed we know today.

Wensleydale Top

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