I have been busily handcarding my Rambouillet fleece, but couldn't resist getting started on one of my fiber goodies. The hardest part was trying to decide which one to spin first. I finally chose the Massam. It is a lovely pewter color, plus I am thinking of painting some of the white rovings, so I figured this was a good place to start.
It is a British breed, also known as Marsham. It was developed by crossing Teeswater or Wensleydale rams with Swalebreed ewes, producing sheep with heavy longwool fleeces.
The roving showed lovely subtle variations of medium gray fibers, beautifully prepared.
Fiber length - about 8 inches
Luster - low
Total weight - 100 grams
Scant VM, neps, and kemp
Spinning ratio - 8.5 to 1
Singles - 26 WPI
2-ply - 15 WPI
Yardage - > 177 yards
It was not harsh to the hand while spinning, though I would not consider wearing it next to the skin. It is traditionally used to make outerwear garments, upholstery, rugs, and carpets. My sample was nice enough to consider something knitted. For this reason I used a lower twist angle to enhance the softness as much as possible to make it more suitable for a knitted yarn.
I was pleased that my Kromski bobbins nicely held the entire 100 grams.
I don't have a project in mind for this yet. I think I'll wait until I get the other samples spun.