Skein #3 Large Supported Spindle

49.5 m 28 g 1800 m/kg
4.5 w/cm 11 w/in
Size Determination: Thick

Suffolk fleece

Reason for choice of this sample
This fiber drafts easily from carded batts. The medium fiber makes a good, sturdy yarn that wears well.

Forest Home Farms shearing day — San Ramon, California

Preparation for spinning
Scour and flick, drum card and pull into sliver

Equipment used
Dog brush, drum carder, 160g drop spindle

Type of spinning
Unsupported long draw

Direction of Twist

Number of plies

Washed and blocked

Suggested uses
This yarn is designed for uppers for slippers, in a dense stitch like single crochet. It can also be used for other durable crochet garments like vests and jackets, or as blanket weft. With more twist than a pure woolen yarn, it is less lofty but stronger and easier to launder. The Suffolk fleece is less prone to felt than most wools.


Maximum 36 points

Examiner 1: 36
Examiner 2: 32

Examiner 2 commented that the size of the yarn was inconsistent and there was VM remaining in the skein. The original fiber was not exactly nice and clean. I took a close look at the skein and found one bit of something, but the other stuff was all kemp. I did attempt to get all the VM out but I was not terribly worried about the kemp.