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Suffolk Roving

© Keith Evans and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License.

© Keith Evans and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License.

Breed History

Suffolk sheep are the result of crossing Southdown rams with old style Norfolk Horn ewes, and have been recognized as a breed in the UK since 1810. They were imported to the US in 1888 and are currently the most numerous sheep in North America.

Fleece Facts

Suffolk fleeces are white and weigh 4-8 pounds with a staple length of 2-4 inches. They are typically between 25-33 microns in diameter. They are dense and resilient, with blocky, rectangular staples and a fine, irregular crimp.

Preparation

Carded roving grown and processed in the US

Texture and prickle factor

Spun with low twist, yarns made from this roving could probably be worn next to the skin by some. It ranks a 2 on our prickle factor scale from 1-5.

Spinning hints

This roving is a pleasure to spin long-draw or with other woolen techniques.

Suffolk roving in Autumn Wedding

Suffolk roving in Autumn Wedding