Next my husband chose Devon, thus proving that he has a thing for longwools.
Fiber: approximately 1 oz Devon from Woolgatherings
Prep: Combed top
Breed notes: You won’t find Devon in The Knitter’s Book of Wool, but you will find it in In Sheep’s Clothing: A Handspinner’s Guide to Wool. In fact, Devon’s so cool, you’ll find it twice. Yep, it turns out that you’ve got Devon Closewool and Devon Longwool. Thankfully, the fine folk at Woolgatherings sent me a speedy reply to my question of whatizzit? I spun Devon Longwool.
Now, I’m not 100% positive, but I believe that the Devon Longwool is actually a mix of Devon and Cornwall. (At least, that’s what my book seems to suggest.) Lamb’s wool is best used for knitted garments, and adult fleeces are good carpet yarns. (Thanks, honey.) Staple length can be between 8-12″, with a micron count of between 36 to 40.
My prep: I split the fiber down the middle and pre-drafted.
Spinning deets: spun the singles worsted at a 5.5/Z and plied at a 7.25/S. (I didn’t actually write this down, but this is what I’ve been doing for all of them so far.) Made a 2-ply from a center-pull ball to maximize yardage. The yarn is 56 yards/35 grams and is approximately 10-11 WPI.
Finishing: A warm-to-hot soak with some Eucalan and a few drops of tea tree and lavender oil. Hung with a small weight (a hanger) to dry.
My notes: I didn’t make many, and it’s been a few weeks since I spun this. Since nothing particularly sticks out in my memory, I guess it was a middle-of-the-road experience. I did note that it made a hairy single, and was a bit difficult to draft. It also wasn’t my most even spin, with a lot of slubby parts. However, it was a fast spin, but I couldn’t tell if it was because I was getting quicker or because I wasn’t as big on quality control.
The singles were strong, with no breaking when winding it into a center-pull ball. I believe it broke apart a few times while plying. Some of the longer hairs fell out while plying. It also got much less yardage than I had anticipated, considering how my other spins have gone.
See that long hair? Brow wax for you, mister.
The verdict: Again, it’s been a little while since I spun it, and since I don’t remember hating it or loving it, I’m going to give this 3/5 sheep. It wasn’t the softest fiber, but I would spin it if it were put in front of me.