|Yay, new fiber!|
|What a nose on these guys! Photo from http://bflsheep.com/.|
BFL wool has shorter staple lengths than the other breeds in this family (such as Border Leicesters and Leicester Longwools) but they still range from 3-6 inches in length. The micron count is between 24 and 28, on the finer side of the 'medium' range of softness. This fiber is devoid of any kemp or guard hairs (yay!) so it's definitely soft, but its most striking feature is its shininess. It has almost a silky quality when spun with lots of luster. It drafts very easily and spins well, no complaints at all in that department.
Another neat thing about BFL wool is that it is relatively widely available in commercial yarn. It was the first non-Merino, non-"generic wool" yarn I'd ever used. Knitting with Merino and then knitting with BFL is a great lesson in how the properties of the breeds' wool greatly affects the feel and behavior of the yarn. Where Merino is extremely elastic, bouncy, matte, and soft, BFL is more drapey, can be denser, and is usually shiny. It's pretty neat to compare the two and I recommend you try it if you have the chance, keeping in mind that the way the yarn is spun affects its behavior as well.
|I like my teensy skein of BFl! I'll have to get more.|