For a change, I’m spinning fibers that someone else prepared. This batt is a blend of Corriedale and Alpaca that I picked up at a fiber festival. This is the outside/top of the batt.
Rambouillet is a close relative of Merino with a staple length of 2–4 inches. A few years back, I bought my first raw Rambouillet fleece. That fleece was white and had a staple length that was generous enough to comfortably comb. It was so soft and springy.
The chocolate Rambouillet fleece I have now has plenty of bits that are just over 1 inch long. It’s just not suitable for combing. This wool has great crimp and bounce.
I’m still working on the body, but it’s getting closer.
One of the reasons I prefer a top-down approach to sweater knitting is that you can easily try it on as you go and make adjustments as needed. I’ll have to recheck the washed swatch gauge when I get close to the bottom so that the length works.
Isn’t the ribbing detail along the back a nice touch? The paired increases and decreases make a nice line.