Falkland yarn and a BFL scarf

I have set a new record (for myself) in that I spun this four ounce braid of top

Into 435 yards of 3-ply fingering weight yarn in 7 days.

Because I was having “a whale of a time” spinning it (as I wrote elsewhere), I tried to look up the characteristics of the breed. It turns out that there is no “Falkland” breed. It’s more of a location identifier than it is a breed identifier, much like the Punta wool I spun last year. As far as I can tell, the wool on the Falkland Islands from the various breeds of sheep is blended together (according to some fairly strict sets of criteria), and that’s what “Falkland wool” is.

Now, part of why I liked this so much is that is isn’t Merino, and it isn’t Romney. It has its own feel while drafting and its own hand as a finished yarn. So I hope that “Falkland wool” remains much the same as it is now–although I did read that the islanders have been introducing more Merino sheep in hopes of making the wool softer. I can only hope that this isn’t true, but market pressures probably are messing about.

In any case, I loved spinning this batch of wool, and I hope to get some more soon.

And, following up from last post, Aurora has indeed knit the BFL yarn she asked me for into a 50″ garter stitch scarf. There’s plenty left over for tassels, which she might do later on, but this is a nice picture showing the kind of drape she got from the yarn.

Leave a comment

Your comment