April Breed Study: Gotland

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!

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