Current Spinning Project: Corriedale

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!

Corriedale Locks

(Raw lock on left, washed lock on right)


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:

photo of fiber tools and fiber

(L to R: washed locks, flicker, combed fiber, diz w/threader, double-pitch, fine wool combs)

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!

Combed Corriedale Fiber

And now I’m spinning the singles. Can you see the long wool in the Corriedale’s background? Look at the sheen!

(singles, 15 mm button for size)

(singles, 15 mm button for size)

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.

Plied Corriedale Sample

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!

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