The Finn top that I am currently spinning has very little vegetable matter (VM) in it, which I appreciate as a hand spinner. I bought it already dyed. It has royal blue, light blue and purple in it. The vendor calls it “Williamsburg Blue.” In this photo it has been spun but not plied. So it’s a single strand and a bit twisty. Once it’s plied the yarn will be two-ply and then I’ll measure the wraps per inch to see if it’s a bulky or worsted weight yarn. I think it will be right on the border.
I’ve read that Finn is both a medium and long-staple wool. I think it depends on the purity of the Finn and if it’s been sheared only once that year or twice. This top is very pleasant to spin and I’d consider it to be long-staple. Finn yarn is soft and has a smooth luster. Finn wool is soft which means that items knit out of Finn wool are comfortable.
Finn sheep are from Finland. Unless they are from Australia or the United States or somewhere else. I’ve read that the breed is about 1,000 years old or about 200 years old. So much for Internet facts! Finn is frequently cross-bred with other breeds. Finn sheep have multiple births and give birth easily. That’s why sheep breeders like them, and have transported them around the world. Now some breeders are considering the wool instead of focusing solely on the birthing abilities of the Finn. About time I’d say!
For further reading about Finn sheep check out these web sites. Beware the photos though! The photos of the sheep have me thinking of ways to convince the Home Owners Association (HOA) that Finn Sheep are really dogs…They are so CUTE!!!!
Finn sheep a bit of history and photos with an Australian focus.
http://www.sheep101.info/breedsD-F.html Sheep 101
http://www.finnsheep.org/ American Finn Sheep Breeder’s Association
http://www.internationalfleeces.com/tag/finnsheep/ International Fleeces