The dual-coated Icelandic fleece is one of the most prized and desired premium fleeces in the fiber world. The undercoat, called the thel, is very fine and extremely soft, often used for felting. The longer outer coat is called the tog. The tog is a medium coarse texture with a spinning count of 50-60 and a micron count of 27-30. It grows 6 to 8 inches in six months. It is lustrous, strong, water and wear resistant, and sheds rain. The thel is so soft and downy with a spinning count of 64-70 and a micron count of 19-22. The undercoat itself grows 2 to 4 inches every six months. The thel provides the loft for the outer coat and is the insulation for the sheep in winter months. Tog grows from the primary hair follicles and the thel from the secondary. Tog is a true wool and is not a kemp or a guard hair. Icelandic fleeces are low in lanolin and are open. The weight loss is very little when washed in comparison to other sheep breeds. The average adult annual fleece weighs 4 to 7 pounds.
We shear our sheep twice per year. The fall fleece is exceptional and of highest value. Our spring fleeces are outstanding and very clean because our animals free roam and are not confined in a barn. Enjoy our wide variation of colors. Whether you separate the thel from the tog to produce different products or combine them, the ease of spinning and the versatility of the wool out the Icelandic wool in the premium category. Happy spinning!