Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Wool Additions ~ Mixed BFL & Polwarth

There are two newcomers to Wind Rose Fiber Studio, Mixed Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) and Polwarth Wool Top. The Mixed BFL is gorgeous! It's all of the natural shades of the breed combed together. It's mixed just enough to be nicely blended, but all of those colors come through in a pretty swirl. I can't wait to spin some of this myself!

The pretty, snowy wool on the right is Polwarth. I've been reading about the gaining popularity of this breed and so I decided it was time to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised when I handled it for the first time. It's nice and soft. It reminds me a little of Falkland, but it's more closely related to Merino. In fact, it's 75% Merino and 25% Lincoln. This breed was developed in Australia in the 1890's and I have a feeling it's here to stay!

I have a limited quantity of each. If they turn out to be a shop favorites, I'll add them to my regular inventory. Right now they are listed in three quanitites each:

Mixed BFL: 1oz, 2oz, 4oz
Polwarth: 1oz, 2oz, 4oz


Spinster Beth said...

oooooh the swirly BFL is gorgeous!

I spun some dyed Polworth once ... it was a bit tough. Your Polworth looks so soft in comparison!

Jenn said...

That's too bad about your Polwarth. They must have used too much heat or agitation during the dye process because it really does have a nice feel to it.

I love the mixed BFL in its natural state, but I'm awfully tempted to dye a batch just to see how all of those colors take the dye. I think it could be pretty cool!