Icelandic Wool Roving - Midway Attraction - 3.9 ounces

$12.70 USD

This roving is in shades of green, chartreuse, blue, violet, red and brown.

This is a hand dyed roving for spinning and felting.

Icelandic wool is dense, long fiber with good luster. This is one of the best felting wools in the world, as it is lightweight, water repellent, and breathable. it has a 34-36 micron diameter and average staple length of 3.5-4 inches. The modern Icelandic sheep is a direct descendant of the sheep brought to Iceland by the early Viking settlers in the ninth and tenth centuries, and are kept pure by strict rules about importing other sheep into Iceland. They are a north European short-tailed type.

Icelandic wool has two types of fibers in it. The tog (or long hair-like fibers) protect the animal from wet weather, the thel is the soft, warm material which is warm and protects against the bleak winds of Iceland. During the 1920’s Plotulopi (commonly known as Lopi) began to be used by the Icelanders. Lopi is effectively unspun pencil roving. To replicate that as a hand spinner is a complex task, more than can be described here. The main thing to remember is to spin with a very low twist in order not to have wiry yarn. The tog has very little crimp so it slips easily when drafting. Historically, the Icelanders spun their yarn quite tight before the advent of Lopi. I would guess this made very warm and wind-tight fabric when knit. Icelandic wool will felt VERY easily (in fact, the wool will felt ON the animal), so there will be a fair amount of shrinkage. Be sure to set your wool before knitting.

Our rovings are dyed with fairly even distribution of colors. Photos are of each side of the coil, so you can see as much of the color as possible. These are the same rovings from which I spin my yarns, so I dye them for that.

Fiber: Icelandic wool
Source: World of Wool
Weight: 3.9 ounces, 111 g