Our 23 micron Merino top is a prized treasure!
These days, there's a good chance that even those who have never given thought to knitting, spinning, or sheep in general will still recognize the word "Merino." Merino sheep produce the very softest of all sheep's wool. The progenitors of the current Merino were the flocks raised in northeastern Africa in the twelfth century CE. Scholars believe the Berbers and other peoples from the region brought the sheep to the Spanish peninsula soon after, and for centuries the Merino breed was a closely guarded industrial secret -- as much as England dominated Europe's wool trade in terms of numbers, none of its sheep could come close to Merino wool's buttery softness.
We decided to measure the staple length of this roving ourselves, and we came up with roughly 9-11cm. At this comparatively large micron width (some extra superfine Merino fleeces can have wool as slim as 17 microns), what little the wool looses in softness is made up for in staple length, which makes it vastly easier to spin!
Right now, we only have the natural grey in stock. It's a complex grey, what one might call overall pewter in hue, but with all the wonderful tones of a natural wool colour.
Each bag contains 100g of wool.
Origin: United Kingdom