The Icelandic fleece could be the world’s most versatile fibre other than hemp. The Icelandic fleece is dual coated, being the long outer coat called tog and a fine inner coat called thel.
” The thel or undercoat is three to four inches long with an irregular crimp. It is fine, soft as cashmere and lustrous. With a 65-70’s count, or 20-21 microns, it is classified as a fine wool. Lofty when spun, it makes a luxurious warm woolen yarn when used for next to the skin garments.” – statement credit to Susan Mongold, Tongue River Farm
The range of Icelandic sheep fleece color, includes many shades of white, gray and black, and a variety of browns. Aswell, many of the icelandic fleeces have can have multiple colours of inner and outer coats, creating a dizzying amount of options when creating roving, or in roving selecting.
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