I've had some Icelandic roving from one of these beauties since last fall's Oregon Flock and Fiber Show and finally got around to spinning it.
It turned out a gorgeous color, but hmmm ... it is a lot more rough and scratchy than I'd hoped! Icelandic sheep have two layers of fleece - a soft under layer called the thel and a coarser outer layer called the tog. The roving I bought had the thel and tog mixed together.
I knitted up a small sample and I think it'd make wonderful outerwear like outer sweaters or caps and probably long lasting socks. However, I wouldn't want it anywhere that touched my skin! So I'll be making a trip to a Northwest farm that has thel roving and also some that has a little bit of tog mixed in and give those a try. I did read that one of the traditional uses of finely spun tog was as embroidery thread, which sounds very intriguing - I'll definitely have to try that!
Happy Creating! Deborah
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