Texel Wool Roving - Poetical Maiden 1 - 4.0 ounces

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This roving, or more properly combed top, is shades of pink, purple, blue and maroon.

Texel is a medium wool with a staple length from 3.5 to 6 inches and a micron count from 26 to 34. It is very easy to spin. I split off a pin-drafted section and made an easy single for a plied DK or worsted. This will easily spin a heavier yarn as well.

These sheep are descended from the short-tailed sheep of Western Europe. Their name comes from the largest of the Frisian Islands (part of The Netherlands), Texel (pronounced Tessel in Dutch). Even though the modern Texel was bred with British long wools in the mid 1800’s this wool has little shine.

Texel makes a lofty yarn with a pronounced amount of bounce and springiness. This is known as bulk. The interesting thing about bulky wools is that they have that springy quality at all stages of processing, whether in the grease or spun --- and they will spring back even after extended compression. This is due to the very strong helical crimp (“spiral” or three dimensional crimp mentioned in conjunction with Cheviot). This is another breed that does not felt readily. Texel are being crossed with Romney in New Zealand to increase the bulk of their local wools for futons, duvet fillings as well as making better knitting yarns.

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.

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.

Fiber: Texel wool
Source: World of Wool
Weight: 4.0 ounces, 113 g