There are three skeins of home grown, hand combed, and handspun yarn made from our California Red Sheep. The oatmeal one is from Pippin, our ewe, and the two ivory ones are from Gravenstein, our wether. California Red Sheep are somewhat rare, and their fiber has stands of reddish-brown-black hairs in it (not as stiff as guard hairs like you would see in other breeds of sheep), which creates a natural oatmeal-and-cream range of colors.
The price per each completely home grown, hand processed and handspun skein is just $42. Pippin's skein is 2.86 ounces, and is 77 yards in length. (Bulky, WPI is 8). Gravenstein's skein is 2.65+ ounces, and each skein measures 106 yards. (Worsted, WPI is 9-10).
For each skein, 6-7 ounces of the raw fiber was gently washed (3x) and then rinsed (2x). The fiber was picked open, then hand combed, hand carded to align the fibers, and then a hackle was used to draft the fibers into roving. Two single plies of yarn were hand spun, and then the two strands were plied together, and given a final gentle wash.
This rustic yarn has variations in width (thick-thin) and twist, but please note that California Red Sheep, though very unique and interesting, is not considered an "ultra soft" fiber. It would make a great winter hat, guy's scarf, or it would be excellent to use in macrame projects or weaving.
As with most wool items, this yarn should be gently hand washed in cool water, and placed flat to dry.
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