This month’s breed study is Gotland for the #spin15aday Instagram spinners and Ravelry Group.
I purchased this particular fiber a few months ago as part of breed study collection but haven’t done anything with it, so this is perfect timing. I also purchase the full quarter study from Sherill at The1764Shepherdess so I should have 2 oz to spin.
I had to learn a little bit more about this particular breed from my favorite source, The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook by Deborah Robson. I truly love this book and it’s a great one to have in your spinning/fiber library.
I learned that this wool is somewhat unusual as it resembles a fine mohair or English luster long wool, is comfortable to wear next to the skin, it can be spun smooth or heavily, it’s feltable and the predominant colors is a wide range of grays.
My first reaction to the feel of the Gotland was “course,stiff, dense and not soft”. After further reading I discovered that when it is commercially processed, it becomes coarser, which explained quite a lot. It will be interesting to learn how this particular wool spins up and how it will feel once it’s plied.
I plan to start spinning this wool on my Schacht Matchless and since I have a total of 2 oz, I will spin woolen and aim for a nice even fingering single to be chain plied (Navajo Plied).
Until next time ~ be creative!