Herdwick and Black Welsh Wools

Very excited to find these two wool samples in my mailbox this morning. The grey wool is from a sheep called a Herdwick more info at this link http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herdwickwhich happens to be a breed of sheep my ancestors on my family tree from the Cumbria part of England probably would have seen regularly.

The Herdwick is a breed of domestic sheep native to the Lake District of Cumbria in North West England. The name “Herdwick” is derived from the Old Norse herdvyck, meaning sheep pasture

picture by Ben Holliday

I also got some Black Welsh mountain sheep wool. More info about them here http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Welsh_Mountain_sheep. They look like this

picture by Simon and Alison Downham

Look forward to seeing how they spin and making things out of them