Washed Flicked Locks 0.5 oz Farm Raised Soft Shetland Wool

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This listing is for 0.50 oz of washed flicked locks from our soft shetland ewe, Catelyn.  I created this listing for viewers of my YouTube channel to spin lace weight yarns with me to see how much yardage we can get from 0.50 ounces of her wool.  With the Majacraft Lace kit I was able to spin a 40 wpi 2 ply lace yarn and the length of the yarn was 136 yards.

The wool is very fine, here is the micron data for the fleece:

AFD = 22.9

SC= 4.6

CV = 20.2

SF = 22.2

Here are definitions for what the abbreviations mean:

AFD = Average Fiber Diameter- Average diameter of all fibers tested in a sample. Shetland should have AFD <32

SD = Standard Deviation - A measure of the variation in the fibers tested in a sample. Shetlands should have SD's < 5.5. High numbers indicate larger variability in fiber diameter, which will have a negative impact on handle.

CV = Coefficient of Variation - A calculation showing the SD as a % of the AFD. Shetlands should have CV's around 20% or lower. Higher numbers indicate larger variability in the fiber diameters.

SF = Spinning Fineness - A calculation developed by wool graders to help group fleeces by similar handle. A better gage of fineness than AFD alone. The best Shetland fleeces will have SF's lower than their AFD

In general, 30 microns is the maximum for next to skin wearability.

Here is a video which explains how to read micron data:

Catelyn is a fawn katmoget ewe born in 2017, the wool in this listing is from her 2019 yearling fleece.  Here is a photo of Catelyn:

Whispering Pines Catelyn

Here is a photo of a lock from her raw fleece:

Lock sample from Whispering Pines Catelyn

I recently interviewed Caroline Morse who is a lace spinner, here is a video of that interview if you want to learn more about lace spinning:

 And finally, here is a link to the Majacraft Lace kit, which I used to achieve my fine yarn.  It can be installed on any Majacraft wheel to help spin very fine lace weight yarns.