Dr Errol Wood (AgResearch)
Combing does a kind of tidy-up process. We find there’s usually small particles of vegetable matter – seeds and leaf and twigs – picked up by the sheep. They still may be in the wool, and of course they are a no-no for the yarn, so combing removes those. It also removes the short fibres, because short fibres are hard to control in the yarn. It’s much easier for the spinner to organise longer fibres.