Hand Dyed British Southdown wool top.
~ 100g (3.5oz)
Southdowns come from the south coast of England, this fleece comes from the standard traditional Southdown sheep not the Babydoll, or Toy Southdown's that are more common in the USA. This sheep is classified as a conservation breed, meaning it's numbers are in decline in modern agriculture.
It's fleece has a short staple length, and the classic volume you get from the Down breeds of sheep. Micron count is around 30. The classic use for this wool is as a sock wool, it creates lovely warm socks, and like all other down breeds is hard to felt, so some people report that they machine wash and dry their socks with no ill effects.
A previous customer did a test on this using some of my hand dyed Southdown and has kindly let me share the results on my blog
This fibre was reviewed in the Spring 2013 Edition of Knitty, see what they had to say about it here
This fibre is hand dyed in small batches, where more than one braid is available they will have been dyed at the same time, using the same dye stock, but my dyeing technique produces braids with subtle variations.
These fibres have been dyed to exhaust using acid dyes, and then rinsed using hot water and detergent. I recommend you hand wash your spun yarn in warm water, using a mild pH neutral detergent. The no-rinse wool washes seems to be the most prone to causing bleeding so are best avoided.
For more detailed washing instructions take a look here.