About Icelandic Wool Icelandic sheep produce a beautiful, long, premium fleece which contains two distinctive fibers. The tog is the soft, strong & long outer coat that protects the sheep from wind, rain, snow, etc. The thel is the baby-soft, very fine undercoat that keeps the sheep warm. The two coats can be separated by hand for special projects, or they may be processed together. The traditional lopi is a lightly spun blend of tog and thel suitable for many projects including sweaters, hats and mittens. Thel is very soft and downy, with an irregular crimp and can be used for baby garments, and delicate shawls. The tog is similar to mohair; wavy or corkscrewed rather than crimped and is wonderful in worsted spinning.
The versatility of the wool, the ease of spinning and the wide variation of tones and colors are a true delight to handspinners, and put Icelandic wool into the exotic or premium category. It is also known as one of the best fleeces for felting, which is fast gaining popularity in the craft community. Our wool is processed at a fiber mill in Connecticut where they use great care in treating the fibers as naturally as possible. The sheep are shorn twice a year , in Spring and Fall. Fall shearing produces a a beautiful, soft yarn that includes lambswool. The Spring shearing produces beautiful yarns for knitting and fleeces used for felting.
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