I think I have completed my wool gathering, fleece hoarding phase now and I have been busily washing those fleeces. It has taken a while. Some were really, really dirty and took a lot of soaks to get them clean. Look at this dirty Cotswold fleece.
I have been visiting that lovely little tucked away craft shop in that little village again and yes I couldn't resist getting some more European wool tops including some soft, luxurious Gotland lambs wool. Gotland sheep were apparently established by the Vikings in the Swedish region of Europe and the fleece is considered to be one of the premier sheep fleeces in the world and is mostly shades of grey ranging from almost silvery to very dark almost charcoal.
And how about this bit of trivia to add appeal. Gotland wool was used to create the Magic Elven Cloak given to Frodo by Galadriel in the 'Lord of the Rings' movie. Well, I wish I was spinning my Gotland wool to create a Magic Elven Cloak. What adventures I could if I had a cloak of invisibility. Although, spinning this wool did feel a bit like magic - the colour, the feel..yes, a bit of magic. It spun up beautifully fine and I plyed two singles. I am happy with my little bit of magic.