Corriedale has its origins in Lincoln (a long wool) and Merino (a fine wool). So, I think I can
expect to get a yarn that has some luster and some softness. The locks from this particular fleece are about 4 inches long and are pristine. Nice even crimp too!
These locks are perfect for spinning from the lock or combing before spinning. In this case I want a fine (thin) yarn, so hand-combing it is. Why combing? Combing aligns the fibers so that they are parallel and also removes the shorter fibers for a consistent fiber length. Hand-combing makes the fiber easy to draft (no compacted fibers or little noils to pick out) and I can concentrate on spinning a consistent thinner yarn.
Here’s my combing toolkit and the work in progress:
I have a definite appreciation for well-made and designed tools. When I started prepping my own fiber, I started with a dog comb. Effective, but the handles and tines on the Valkyrie Supply Extra Fines are designed for the work at hand and make the job more enjoyable. Perhaps these combs a bit overkill for the Corriedale, but they are giving the results I had in mind. The diz and threader are handmade beauties from Etsy. My previous diz was a metal washer. Again, the washer did the job, but not very elegantly. For the finer fibers, these tools really make a difference in the final product.
Anyhow. Here is the combed fiber all together (about 4 ounces). Lovely little nests!
And now I’m spinning the singles. Can you see the long wool in the Corriedale’s background? Look at the sheen!
As of today, I have about half of the singles spun. Plying is will not happen for a bit, but here’s a sample of the singles plied back on itself.
From what I’ve read in the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook (Robson & Ekarius), the Corriedale will fluff up a bit when the ply is set. Can’t wait!