Herdwick and Black Welsh Wools

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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

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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

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picture by Simon and Alison Downham

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