Flying Fibers offers the largest selection of roving in Central PA!
English Wensleydale: Wool from this breed is acknowledged as the finest lustre long wool in the world. The fleece from a purebred sheep is considered kemp free and curled or purled to the end.
North American Wensleydale from Flying Fibers Flock (when available): Wool from the N.A. Wensleydale is very close to that of the English Wensleydale in feel and texture. New stock is added after each shearing of our flock, quantities are limited.
Merino: The Merino is an economically influential breed of sheep prized for its wool. The breed is originally from Turkey and central Spain (Castille), and its wool was highly valued in the Middle Ages. Today, Merinos are still regarded as having some of the finest and softest wool of any sheep.
Blue Faced Leicester: Blue Faced Leicester (or BFL), is a wonderfully soft longwool fiber perfect for spinners of any level. In store you can find BFL top hand-dyed by Jeri, or custom blended by Jeri or Irina.
Leicester Longwool from Flying Fibers Flock (when available): Leicester Longwool sheep date back to the 1700s, and were found in the Midland counties of England. It was developed by Robert Bakewell, who was the foremost exponent of modern animal-breeding techniques in the selection of livestock. The fleece should be dense (having thick and blocky clumps of wool also known as the staple). It should be lustrous, indicating the shine on the wool, and should have a well-defined crimp or wave from skin to tip. The common fibre diameter for a Leicester Longwool is 32 to 38 micrometres (microns).
Cotswold from Flying Fibers Flock (when available): Today, Cotswold wool is especially luxurious when hand-combed using wool combs to make a true worsted roving. In true worsted wool there is little or no "itch," because all the tips of the fibers (as they grew on the sheep) point in one direction and the end sheared from the sheep's skin points in the other direction. This produces a knit very like mohair. In fact Cotswold wool has often been called "poor man's mohair." Cotswold wool is exceedingly strong, added by knitters to sock heels and toes to give extra strength to socks, and to elbows in hand-knitted sweaters. When worn in the woodlands, one doesn't leave bits of one's sweater in the brush. To the contrary: The brush is often torn from its stalk by the stout-fibered wool.
- Natural Colored sheep wool: a medium grade wool grown locally.
- Yak: A long-haired bovine that yields two basic types of fiber. The permanent, coarse outer "guard hairs" are ideal for braiding or weaving into utilitarian items such as bags, tents, saddle blankets, ropes or halters. The soft inner "down" fiber, which insulates the yak during winter and is shed each spring, is spun into luxury yarn for a soft, cashmere-like wool.
We regularly have additional local fibers, and luxury fibers in stock when available.