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!
(Raw lock on left, washed lock on right)
One of the things I like about fiber prep and spinning is that there are so many different ways to get to a finished yarn. And I like to hear people’s preferences and methods. It’s
always interesting and I usually learn something new.
When working from a raw fleece, I usually spin from one of three different preps: opened locks, combed fiber, or carded fiber. Because I try to clean a fleece as soon as it gets home and may not know which prep will be used before spinning, I wash fleece to retain lock
formation. Another perk to washing this way is that I’ve already removed a lot of the vm,
second cuts, and other undesirables.
As the clean fleeces are in lock formation, the flick carder (or flicker) is the first tool I pick up when prepping for spinning.