The fleece was soft with a 2.5 inch staple -- and it was only 3.5lbs! I had just purchased a 12lb Romney fleece and was feeling a bit overwhelmed. But my daughter wanted this one. Always the one to enable a budding fibre enthusiast, I bought it. It washed up easily enough, but there was vegetation in it that I couldn't seem to get out with washing and usual carding methods. The dirt was mostly in the tips, but because the staple was so short [and because I didn't know any better at that time] I didn't consider cutting the tips.
So it just sat there, soft, dirty and un-spun. Here's a small clump of it.
Wool combs are frightening looking things, even the Mini comb style. They have two rows of long steel spikes that don't bend. The result was stunning. So dramatic that the next day I ordered my own [locally made] set.
You comb, moving through the fibres until all the fibres from the right hand comb are onto the left one.