My Icelandic wool was the March installment of the Fleece of the Month club from Between Ewe and Me. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it when I received it. Icelandic sheep have a doublecoated fleece consisting of a longer outer coat (t0g) and a shorter under coat (thel). So here I had locks that had long and short fibers of different textures.
I could separate the fibers and work with it that way or combine the fibers. Since I had trouble separating the locks I decided to work with them combined. Once again my kind friend Kara let me use her drum carder, as I thought the hand cards might not work well. I ended up with a lovely squishy batt of about 2 ounces.
Then I decided to spin it, that’s were the Saga comes in. While the batt was lovely and squishy I didn’t find spinning it that lovely.
Perhaps it was the two different lengths, the two different textures or maybe I was too cranky that day. Whatever it was I had a heck of a time getting it started, the fibers kept slipping away from the leader or out of my hand. I finally got enough twist to start making yarn. I also had to be reminded of the lesson that sometimes you have to let the fibers be what they want to be, let’s just say I wasn’t gonna get lace weight from this stuff!
So after I became more zen and let the yarn just be, I ended up with about 60 yards of some interesting yarn.