• Portland Sheep

    Posted on 17th November 2015 by Shelley in Spinning Weaving Fibre.
    Poertland rare breed sheep





    Portland Fibre Test : An ancient breed native to South West England

    Portland Fleece From : “Renwick Mill, Penrith” fleece sale @  Woolfest.     Photo from British rare breeds poster



    This fleece had a good length of staple of 4 – 5ins and teased into a nice foamy springy fibre ball.  I love the luminescence of Portland fleeces and they’ve always been a favourite of mine.


    Portland fibre staple yarn

    Portland Fibre


    I thought I would be able to get quite a smooth result for this one, but maybe because of it’s foaminess I did end up with quite a bumpy singles. When Navajo plied I tried to blend the bumps in as much as possible, but I didn’t want to spend too much time on any of these stages as the whole idea is to save me time on a project.


    Navajo Plied Yarn

    Portland Yarn


    The yarn looked like it was going to knit up quite fine, so I used 3.25mm needles to start, but after about row four I changed them to 3.5mm.  I actually think that using a larger needle might have helped to give this yarn a slightly smoother look, and I think I could have got away with a 4mm needle.  The sample does look quite bumpy and uneven.


    Portland yarn, knitting

    Portland Knitted Sample


    You could use this for bags or any project you are going to felt, or if you don’t mind a textured garment.  As it didn’t hurt my hands at all, I would consider bypassing the carding stage with this fleece again depending on the project. For this experiment I give it a 7/10


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