Roussin are a compact hardy commercial breed of sheep, originally bred in France, with a medium staple length and tight fleece. The breed were developed from Normandy breed, Roussin de la Hague, in the 1920s with the addition of Dishley Leicetser, Suffolk and Southdown blood. Their fleece definitely shares characteristics with Suffolk and Southdown. When Jim and Linda of Hedgefield Zwartbles introduced a small number of Roussin to their flock in 2017 I decided to have a very small limited edition spin – especially since Linda, who is a keen knitter, was keen to have some of her own fleece back as yarn.
This yarn has been beautifully spun by The Border Mill in the Scottish Borders and has a medium, plump and crisp handle.