Blue Faced Leicester or BFL, has a wonderful luster and natural sheen. It absolutely loves to absorb dye and blended with other fibers gives life to duller fibers. It’s one of the most ubiquitous fibers out there, just google it and you can find it anywhere. BFL is a great fiber for beginners, no need to card the fiber, you can pull straight from the length of top and away you go. At 24-27 microns, you can get a good grip on it and still enjoy the creamy softness.
Cheviot was first imported to the US in 1838 and look like the breed of sheep from the movie Babe. With a bold crimp and blocky staple, this fiber takes in dye really well with less sheen than most longwools. At 27-33 microns it's more durable than lustrous so this fiber is better for your more hard wearing items.
Falkland is not an actual breed. These sheep are a cross of Polwarth, Merino and Corriedale. Since they come from an island, they have no known diseases and no chemicals used for pest control. The staple length at 3-4 inches and a wide micron range from 18-33 make them a versatile wool that is easy to spin and good for a variety of garments.
Wensleydale are made up of Teeswater blended with Leicesters and can be traced back to a single ancestor! These long curly ringlet locks only need a small amount of twist. This fiber produces shiny lustrous 7-12 inch staples at 30-36 microns. It knits up into a textural yarn that works really well for weaving without much air or fluffiness.