15 Dec

It originates in Exmoor, Devon in the 19th century but its descendants date back several hundred years. It is a breed that endures harsh winters and the wool is similar to the Shetland wool - it has 33 microns but is a bit stickier to the touch and the wool had a lot of vegetable matter in that came easily out during spinning. 

This is how much vegetable matter came out after spinning that small piece:

I spun it at the highest rotation - the process was very steady and I was easily able to maintain a constant twist and an even thickness throughout. 

Then I decided to switch to the lowest gear for plying and was so happy for my choice, finally I realised that a lower rotation gives a more balanced final yarn and my skein does not ply on itself after I take it off the swift. So I will keep doing this for the rest of my Advent calendar for optimal results.

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