Icelandic sheep have amazing wool. They are very well adapted
to living in the harsh climate of Iceland. The wool has two
parts to it. The inner and very soft layer is called žel (thel)
and the outer coarser layer is called tog. The žel keeps the
sheep warm, whereas the tog sheds off rain and snow. The
sheep are so
well insulated that snow will not melt off their
backs. In general the žel is used to make soft items like
sweaters and shawls, and the tog is used to make things like socks.
The Icelandic wool (lopi) I have seen available in North America
is made from both the
žel and the tog twisted together into yarn and sold under the
trademark Reynolds Lopi. In Iceland, this is the wool we use for
socks, mittens and such. The wool that Icelanders use to knit
sweaters is not twisted into yarn but comes right off the
carding wheel and is not spun. You can get that kind of wool directly from
Iceland, from a small wool processing place or you can make it yourself, from wool from a small farm
sheep on this farm are shorn in mid-February and sometimes again
in mid-August. The mid-August sheering does not always
happen. It really depends on what else is going on at the
Farm at that time. But when we do make that happen that
wool is amazing. So soft, clean and lovely. The
February wool is also very nice but it does have some hay in it.
But it is otherwise clean because we give the sheep heavy
bedding so they can stay very clean.
has shorn the sheep herself, but found that the more
sheep there were the less she felt up to it. It is a backbreaking
job and she is not very fast at it, so she now hires
professional sheep shearers. We are thankful to be able to call on
a professional to
shear all the sheep in just a few hours.
the past shearer
told Selma, Icelandic sheep were his second most favorite sheep to
shear. All other sheep are number one. The reason is
that the Icelandic sheep never let their guard down. If he
relaxed, they are on their feet and gone. So poor man
relax into the shearing, but had to stay alert and remember that
these are Icelandic sheep, not just any sheep. Selma
feels proud of her sheep for that feistyness. Why should they become docile
just because they have been
immobilized by sitting on their butt. A sheep in general is totally
immobile if it set on it's behind. When you stop and think
about it, it is totally strange for a sheep to be shorn.
It is a way for us to get something from the sheep, but the
sheep could not care less whether we get the wool or not.
They are happy however, to be out of the wool, and spend
the days after sheering hopping a lot.
We only sell wool in the grease. Most of the wool goes to
Jorstad Creek, a yarn and fiber company in Olympia Washington.
But often we have additional fleeces for sale. Please
inquire by sending us an email.
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spinning your long wool, it is so nice and clean. I made
yarn for my wife for Christmas.
Melissa: The kids
and I had so much fun felting the wool we got from you.
It felted so easily.
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