|Wedge from Warwickz Farm|
Imagine my surprise when I pulled off the top from the stationary comb to find I had separated two shades of the grey. The steel grey colour was in the longest fibre coming off first followed by the shorter brown-grey ones. This is not that unusual as you can do this with lamb fleeces from Gotland sheep who change colour from black to grey after a few weeks of life. However the shorter brown grey fibres were softer and felt more merino-like than the longer grey ones. Whilst the difference in feel is not as obvious as an Icelandic sheep’s two fibre types, the length of isolation and number of generations of sheep living alone on the island could have encouraged these sheep to grow a softer warmer undercoat with the longer, stronger fibres providing some protection from the weather as in Scottish Hebridian sheep. I would need to sample many more fleeces to test this theory. To spin a smooth yarn without the variations in colour contrasting too much in the yarn (unless desired) I recarded the top now free of any noils on the drumcarder.