Eider Wool Top ~ Beautifully dyed ~ ready to spin! Braid is 4 ounces.
The wool from German Whiteheaded Mutton is called Eider wool. Eider wool has an excellent crimp that holds quite well when spinning. Eider was originally the name of a sea duck known for its expensive and soft down that can be found in the famously warm and toasty eiderdown blankets.
German Whiteheaded Mutton were specifically developed in the mid-1800s as a dual breed wool and meat sheep that would be well suited to the wet and windy conditions of the Wilstermarsch in Germany. This area, originally marshland reclaimed by its residents from the sea by using dikes, has been fertile farmland for centuries. It is almost 12 feet below sea level, with the dikes holding back the North Sea and protecting the farmland from storm surges. Considered an essential part of maintaining the dikes, as German Whiteheaded Mutton graze they also stomp down the earth and fertilize the ground, encouraging new growth of the local plants that have long since adapted to being grazed upon. This process helps to stabilize the dikes, making sure they are sturdy enough to withstand the pounding wind and rains during storms. Micron Count 27-31.