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May 06, 2009


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Deb, Liz Lovick in Orkney sells North Ronaldsay fleeces.

Deb Robson

Thanks, Nancy! I've made a note.

Linda Cunningham

Thanks much for the pictures of the locks.

There is definitely some outer coat hair, but not much, in the rovings I've got, and more in the white than the coloured, which resembles the lock on the far right.

If I could get a good picture of the rovings, I'd send it to you, but an hour of messing around with it and the camera yesterday was pretty useless.

It's definitely not coarse though....

Deb Robson

That you actually have North Ronaldsay rovings is a bit of a marvel. That takes connections! The folks in Orkney have been doing a good job of developing ways to process and market the wool. I hope it becomes more readily available because it's so interesting.

"Definitely not coarse" would be the right category. North Ronaldsays are what the Shetlands were like in the past, before a century or two of selective breeding.

Linda Cunningham

The BIL did mention he scouted around a fair bit for it, but he does like a challenge. :-)

Needless to say, I was utterly amazed when he produced it out of his bag and actually apologized for it not being very big.

My mixed collection is about the size of a tennis ball, weighs maybe half an ounce max (my scale isn't that accurate), and cost him £ 1.

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