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Over a third of all sheep breeds that exist today are in danger of extinction due to pressures from large scale processing industry for wool that is extremely consistent and perfectly white. This means that small scale farmers that raise coloured or conservation breed flocks rely on small mills and the handspinning community for income. Help support these farmers by purchasing fiber and yarns made from the wool of these endangered breeds.

I handspun this lovely rainbow yarn on my vintage spinning wheel. It was made from the hand dyed fleece from a Romney sheep.

This Romney wool comes from Australia, but the Romney breed originated on the Romney Marsh- a hundred square mile coastal plain in Southeast England. This Marsh is below sea level and is kept habitable by a centuries-old drainage system put there by the Romans back when they controlled Britain.

The first sheep to inhabit the Romney Marsh were farmed by the Romans, but did not have a good quality fleece and suffreend a lot of health problems due to the cold wet conditions. As the centuries passed, the sheep began to adapt. In the mid-nineteenth century farmers further improved the area's native sheep by selective breeding as well as introducing other bloodlines to the group. This led to the modern Romney breed which produces very high quality fleece in soggy locations.

Romney fiber is very versatile and can be used for just about anything. Romneys produce wool in a range from moderately coarse to extra fine. The fiber belongs to the longwool family, but its a lot finer than most other longwools.

Romney is generally a good felting wool. It can be used for a wide range of applications, from mittens to hats or even chair cushions or rugs. Romney is not usually a next-to-the skin fiber.

The yarn was spun with thicker and thinner areas, but overall this is a DK weight yarn.

It would be great for a small project or as a focal yarn for a larger one.

Yarn Stats:

Weight: 78g/2.75oz
WPI: approx 12
Length: 178m/194yd
Thickness: DK
Softness: medium

I can wind this yarn into a center-pull ball for your convenience, please feel free to ask!

This yarn comes beautifully gift wrapped.

Please keep in mind that all computer monitors display colours slightly differently.

Thanks for looking!

To see more of my hand-dyed conservation breeds yarn please click here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/handcraftedgifts?section_id=11489118

* I normally ship within 24 hrs of purchase. However, please keep in mind that this item ships from Australia, so if you are an international buyer please allow up to two weeks for shipping.

Conservation Breed Handspun Yarn - Romney Rainbow - DK, 2.75oz, 194yd, WPI12

Overview

  • Handmade Supply
  • Materials: wool, fiber, romney
  • Feedback: 214 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Adelaide, Australia
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