- Color: hand dyed
- Staple length: approx. 8-9cm
- Fineness: approx. 25-30mic
- Delivery: 100g of hand-weighed, braided and labeled combed top
Combed top slovak suffolk wool, processed in Slovakia. The fibres have a flexible and springy crimp, more durable and less pilling, suitable for making yarns for various textiles. Contrary to the situation abroad, combed tops made of slovak wool are a rare thing. We are quite happy to have our local wool in the form of industrially processed combed top in our offer.
Combed top is a strand of wool (or other combed fiber), which serves as a semi-finished product primarily for spinning yarn on a spindle or spinning wheel.
So attention, dear spinners! Whether you are a beginner or an advanced spinner, looking for a local wool, or you want to expand your knowledge about different types of breedspecific wool, this is something for you!
Breed Specific wool - suffolk
Suffolk is originally an English breed of sheep, from the lowlands (one of the so-called "down breeds"), world-wide spread and adaptable, already bred in Slovakia quite commonly. It belongs among the meat breeds, therefore its wool has long been overlooked as a by-product. This is a shame, of course, because this fiber (like everything) has its specific advantages.
Suffolk fibre staple length ranges between 5-9cm and its fineness in micrometers between 25-33mic. As a "golden middle" among different types of wool, it is perfect for outerwear: vests, sweaters, socks and gloves. The more resilient customers (skin-sensitivity-wise) will easily tolerate a scarf, hat or turtleneck, and those sensitive ones can always use it well for bags, slippers or home textile accessories.
The wool of the suffolk breed even belongs among those fibers that are not so easily felted. This can be an advantage in the maintenance of finished products, since there is much lower risk of felting during washing. If you would like to felt it, you can, but it will take a little longer than felting merino :-)
On the other hand, this is good news for all sock knitters, because with suffolk you run much lower risk of felting your handmade socks (or other knitwear) in the washing machine. Of course, always wash a small sample first in your own washing machine.
- We write more about wool maintenance HERE.
- We write more about the properties of sheep wool HERE.
- We write more about the suffolk breedspecific HERE.