This week I dug into a lovely bag that my friend Shaela brought me back from England. In the bag was 110g in total of 3 different natural colours of Herdwick top from Crookabeck Farm.
My Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook tells me that kemp is expected in Herdwicks, and that sometimes it can be separated out. It also suggested uses like rugs and baskets.
I had a look at the tops and realized that there was way more kemp in the mix than I was willing to pick out, so I just rolled with it. This is what I looked like after spinning just the first colour:
Here are the hairy bobbins:
I wound up each bobbin so that I could do a 2 ply:
The result is that I have, from light to dark, 57, 38, and 47 yards of yarn.
I was thinking, as I was plying this yarn up, that it might work for cute felted stuffed animals. I tested out the yarn by wearing a skein on each wrist for well over an hour, so mittens are a possibility. The skein I put around my neck lasted less than a minute before I ripped it off in discomfort, though. Anyone got any good ideas for this yarn?