Welcome to Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! I knit, sew, quilt, crochet, and spin, amongst other things. Today I'm reviewing some spinning fiber with a giveaway for those who like to spin their own yarn. All fiber was provided gratis by Louet North America. The following review is my own opinion.
Awhile back I was contacted to do a blog review for Louet's Canterbury Prize carded fibers. I am always interested in trying breed specific wools but locating some breeds can be difficult if you don't want to purchase an entire fleece. I was given 4 wools to try: Dorset Down, Perendale, Leicester, and Shetland. I had spun shetland before, but all of the other breeds were new to me. All samples were spun as a 2-ply worsted weight and naturally dyed with red onion skins.
All 4 wools are a carded sliver that was easy to draft. There's quite a bit of "sheepiness" to them--they don't seem overprocessed and all had some VM and a wooly smell.
Dorset Down is a medium coarse wool. It felt similar to Romney. I spun the wool longdraw with some difficulty because this wool had the sort of prickly sticker type of VM that was a little hard to remove at times.
Perendale was the softest of the 4 wools. I would categorize it as medium soft--maybe a little bit rougher than BFL. I didn't find this wool to be very elastic, but it did form a nice round yarn when plied. It almost has a longwool feel to it that was easy to overtwist. It took me awhile to get the hang of how to spin it but after a short time I adjusted and it became easy to spin. I think of the 4, Perendale is best suited to make sturdy sock yarn, though the Dorset would be a good option as well.
Leicester had a very sheepy smell to it with a lot of luster. It was the only wool that I spun short-forward draw because it simply wanted to be spun that way. I had to use a light touch to avoid a ropey yarn. This wool felt very similar to Wensleydale or Mohair. There were some neps that made the yarn slubby.
Lastly, the Shetland was effortless to draft. It felt similar to other shetland wools i've spun at a medium coarseness. The resulting yarn was very fuzzy. It'd be wonderful for colorwork.
All of the samples dyed nicely but the Leicester has the deepest color. The shine of Leicester makes the color stand out while the other 3 were more matte.
Would you like to win a sampler of these fibers? I'm giving away one ounce of each type of wool to one person. US and International entries are welcome. Leave a comment letting me know which breed-specific wool you'd like to try. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram and like my Facebook page for 3 extra entries. I will choose a winner on Tuesday, May 20.a Rafflecopter giveaway