#23DK, Primitive Breed Grey S/C


Fiber: Primitive Wool; Swaledale breed
Source: UK grown, USA Processed
Micron/Spin-Count: Variable (see below)
Staple: 2-3 inches
Color: Light Grey
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Commentary: The nature of primitive sheeps wool is that there’s a wide range of variance in each fleece, from 20-40 micron. Approx. 25% is 23 micron and finer and 25% is 35 micron and coarser and the rest is somewhere in between. The variation makes for a sturdy product, popular with rug makers. The “K” in the product number stands for “Kempy,” which refers to the coarse straight hairs that appear throughout the sliver.

Note that domestic carded sliver products often have a small amount of vegetable matter.

While this wool is originally from the UK, it has been in the USA for several decades, so we’re still calling it “Domestic” carded sliver. We sold it to a rug yarn company over twenty years ago that sold it back to us when they shuttered in the early 2020s as it didn’t quite work for them.