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« on: October 25, 2006 05:16:06 PM »

Has anyone ever spun Suffolk wool?  A neighbor has offered me some that's fairly clean, but who doesn't think it can be spun.  Suggestions?  Thanks, Jill

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2006 08:34:57 PM »

I've spun Suffolk but didn't really like it.  It can be spun, but I found it hard to work with.  It might be b/c this was when I first started spinning, however.  If I remember correctly it was quite short stapled.  But alas, anything can be spun!  You could always blend it!

« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2010 01:44:48 PM »

i also have the opportunity to get some cheap suffolk.  I know it's a meat breed, so you can't expect much from the fleece, but it can't be THAT terribly rough, could it?


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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2010 06:31:18 PM »

I've spun with Suffolk...it was the first fiber I ever tried spinning. I got the fiber as raw fleece..very dirty and full of VM..but I picked and washed and combed (with Dollar Store plastic combs) and got it ready for spinning on my CD spindle. It was quite springy and once spun I don't think it was horribly rough...some of it was actually fairly soft. I probably wouldn't use it for projects that would be against sensitive skin but it would be good for socks, outerwear or purses, pouches, rugs (I can just see a gorgeous rug woven from handspun Suffolk...I need to learn to weave, lol) etc. Also, it's good for needle felting...it's not all fuzzy and halo-y (new word, lol) so it makes a fairly smooth finish when needle felted. I know that a lot of spinners tend to poo-poo Suffolk and some of the other meat sheep wool but I liked working with it and enjoy its springiness (is that a word?). It would also be very good to use as batting or stuffing if you make dolls or amigurumi, etc. Its staple is around 2-4 inches usually, I think, and it's quite fine. Although if you were to stretch it out it would probably come close to doubling its length...that's how springy it is. I've seen it listed often as a  'down' wool. Here are a couple links I found that mention Suffolk:

These are a couple of the yarns I have spun using Suffolk.
This one is my first yarn ever and very overspun (when I dyed it with Kool-aid after spinning the dye could barely penetrate past the outer surface, lol). It's 100% Suffolk.

This yarn is a blend...the dyed bits are Suffolk, the white is a 50/50 blend of Suffolk and some white mill-end roving from Sheep Shed Studio. The only problem I had with this one was the white blend...the two wools I used were so different from each other. The Suffolk was really springy and the SSS wool was long and smooth so I had a hard time getting them blended (I was also new to carding so that may also be a factor). It turned out quite soft though.

This is 100% Suffolk with yarn scraps carded in (Yay for drum carders!). Again, I probably wouldn't use this one for a project that would be worn on sensitive skin but it's not so rough that I would call it unusable. I think Suffolk is a completely valid wool for spinning.

« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2010 07:17:50 PM »

Thank you WMA. Your post was really helpful! your yarns are great! I agree that meat sheep shouldn't be disqualified from the spinning category Smiley


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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2010 04:36:14 PM »

Suffolks (and any of the down fleeces) are absolutely wonderful when spun woolen and used for socks or mittens.  They have a harder time shrinking when objects knitted from this yarn are fulled (felted).  And it's also long wearing

Perfect for socks!


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