This is a hand dyed roving, or more properly combed top, for hand spinning and felting.
This roving is in shades of pink, purple, green, brown, orange and gold.
Shetland are small, hardy sheep likely descended from Scottish Dunface. Their wool is extremely variable, able to make sturdy yarns for sweater, or select wool (from the neck) spun into the cobweb and lace yarns for knitted shawls that can be drawn through a wedding band! This is a medium grade Shetland, with 29-31 micron fiber diameter and 3.5" staple length.
This is a blend of natural colored white and brown (known as moorit) wool, which we have overdyed. The blending process creates a striped effect, so we call this "humbug" after its resemblance to a striped British candy. The darker wool tends to be a little coarser than the white wool, so this blend will be not quite as soft as a pure white Shetland base.
My 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.
We name our braids based on the inspirations we get from the colors, drawing on nature, literature, mythology, geography, and our lives and travels. Braids with the same name numbered sequentially are a matched set that were dyed together, although they may have different weights and look slightly different in the photos. Each colorway is unique; we may sometimes repeat names, when a new colorway strikes us the same way as an older one.
Fiber: Shetland wool
Source: World of Wool
Weight: 4.0 ounces, 113 g