fiber: Wensleydale: it's a longwool sheep with curly wool; it's the finest lustre long wool in the world (according to http://www.sheep101.com/); it can be spun into fine laceweight, fingering weight for sturdy sock yarn, or even bulky, for glossy, weighty skeins.
I prefer the sock yarn variety. I can't imagine having this fiber near my skein, other than my feet.
It was not the first time I've spun Wensleydale. As it is, I've spun a bobbin full of it, just before this shipment arrived. It's the one I dyed myself. I still have another bobbin to fill, and ply before it is ready to be shown here.
colorway: Frost Flowers
yardage: ~ 311yds
way of plying: navajo
With the short color changes, navajo plying would not come to mind at first. One reasoning why I did it anyway was, that I would NOT want lace around my shoulders in this fuzzy fiber, and as mentioned above, only socks would do (for me). I love how this skein came out. The colores are fabulous, and the skein, while taking a hot bath, did not bleed out at all. I like it, when color does not come off, on hands, or in the bath afterwards.
I'm looking forward to the next installment.