Mixed Blue Faced Leicester
Long wool combed top with dark stripes carded within white wool
In 4 ounce braids
Suitable for a variety of knitting, a good beginner’s fiber
As a dyer the famous fiber from the sheep breed known as “BFL” is known for beautiful color, ease of dyeing, and its reflective qualities. This is one of the first spinning fibers we experimented with to develop our colorways, and it has been a tough act for other fibers to follow! We purchase our Mixed BFL from our supplier Ashland Bay, a reputable and outstanding source from nearby Oregon. The quality of this fiber is a dependable source for our braids, we know our colors will look outstanding every time as it takes the dark wool in deep rich tones, and reflects saturated bright color on the white wool.
As a spinner I enjoy spinning this fiber on a drop spindle. Drop spindling is not about production and how much you can spin. Rather it is about pure tactile pleasure and the meditative quality of making yarn from fiber in a personal, up close way. Our Mixed BFL drafts smoothly and with ease, allowing you to spin with a spindle confidently. As you wind each section of spun yarn onto the drop spindle you get a second, visual wave of enjoyment as the colors wind on in layers and tones. Because this is a long wool there’s very little trouble with the ply breaking and sending your spindle plunging to the floor. The long fibers are what makes this a great choice for newer spinners just learning and gaining the muscle memory required for sucessful drop spindling.
Some of the most notable colorways that are popular with spinners in this fiber are the three vibrant greens in “Three Forests,” mysterious blues of “Crater Lake”, “Dahlia Dreams” with sections of pink, green, and yellow, and “Squash Blossom”, rich yellows with tones of lavender. Find our current on-line stock of Mixed BFL on our shopping site.