Wensleydale Top

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Wensleydale Top

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This ecru Wensleydale wool is from Great Britain with a micron count of 30-36. Average staple length 7" - 12".  Sold by the ounce. 

Profile:  The origins of many sheep breeds are shrouded in guess work and mystery, but the Wensleydale she have the unique distinction of identifying not only the foundation ram, named Bluecap, but also his parentage.  Blue cap was born in 1839 in North Yorkshire from a Leicester ram and a longwool ewe from the River Tees region.  His qualities that identified the breed were his blue skin and large body with a heavy fleece.  The breed was not named until 1876 when it became required to participate in the Yorkshire show.  Although the breed was developed primarily to provide rams from cross breeding, the wool is among the finest of the longwool breeds and is a highly sought after fleece.  

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