My thoughts on Romney align with what I wrote in my last post, which is that it's known to be an all-around good workhorse of a fiber that plays nicely, and that definitely seems to be true. It drafted smoothly and easily and made a nice, strong-feeling yarn with just a little bit of shine to it (from its longwool nature).
The wool from the next breed, Cheviot, feels somewhat similar.
|Photo from wikipedia|
|Long staple length with '3-dimensional crimp'|
The book describes Cheviot as a neighborly fiber known for durability without harshness. It has a micron range between 27 and 33, which lands it squarely in the medium softness category, edging towards coarse. The book also calls the fiber 'chalky', which is kind of a strange word to apply to wool, but I think I get it.
the free Craftsy mini-class "Know Your Wool", taught by Deborah Robinson (one of the authors of the Sourcebook). I watched it the other night and thought it was a great summary and introduction to some of the key concepts in understanding the differences between types of wool.
You can also find info on the other breeds I've already spun up here.