The longwool fleece of the Gotland sheep is soft and the texture so light, it can be similar to that of a fine mohair. These sheep grow lovely curly locks of wool, a desired trait for hand spinners and within a year’s time, their fleece can grow up to 10 nches or more in length.
Originally from the Island of Gotland, off the coast of Sweden, these sheep are hardy and although not numerous in the UK, with around 200 registered ewes, they are becoming increasingly popular.
The adult sheep are small with fleeces of fine, long, lustrous and dense wool which can be all shades of grey from silver to charcoal grey and dark enough to be almost black. Gotlands have no horns and the lambs are born black – very cute!
This lovely soft wool is ideal for making very huggable bears!