So spinning it is!
|Top of Finn/Dorset fleece|
|Underside of Finn/Dorset fleece|
From what I've learned, Dorset doesn't really felt well, so it's a forgiving fiber in that regard, but because it's a downy fleece, it is not easy to spin for beginners... had I known that, I never would have started spinning... nobody told me, that's all I can say.
You can also see how there is a color variation from base, to tip. The undercoat is a lovely black, which lightens to a cream/white after the break, then to a nice brown & a lighter tan tip.
|card loaded with locks|
I have been laying them out in 2 rows, and trying to keep the fibers evenly distributed. This makes for a better rolag in the end & because I intend on plying, having approximately the same amount of fiber in each batch is semi-important... it will not work out perfectly, but it's better than total guess-work.
(at this point, if I were loading a distaff, I'd stop & roll the bat onto that)
|Rolling a Rolag|
Carefully tucking the first edges in & then making sure to roll evenly will create a beautiful rolag with good "pull" from either end. Sometimes I do choose what end to go from if one has a better draft than the other, but not often.
This little Finn/Dorset spins very, very fast. It slips through my fingers so quickly it's amazing. The final yarn isn't super-soft, but it has a good spring to it & overall has a good feel.