When my swaledale roving arrived I was intrigued. What an interesting wool. It’s definitely not your buttery soft next to the skin wool. I found it fascinating for what it is…. Crunchy, hairy, multicolored spinning goodness.
It dyes in a very interesting fashion. I love it!
Tweed bag anyone?
According to an article by BBC News wool prices for this hardier yarn have been falling for quite some time to the point where farmers are burning or throwing out the wool. However, in the same article I found that some people are trying to find other uses for the wool. How about wool enriched compost? or using wool as building insulation? I guess all those jokes about a wool stash being insulation are not that far off.
Here are a few more pics of my work area as I’m working to make about 90 bumps this month.