To be honest I almost passed on this fleece, but am glad I didn’t. I’ve recently taken to buying crosses as well as single breed fleece. Crosses are how we get new breeds and it’s interesting to find a cross and recognize the characteristics that belong to each of the breeds involved. It’s particularly nice when the cross combines your favorite characteristics from the breeds.
Attending different fiber festivals has greatly increased my awareness of the yarns being created from the flocks of individual farms. This yarn is often from a single and specific breed of sheep. And sometimes, you even get to know the names of the animals that grew the wool.
American Tunis is a solid medium wool. By that I mean that it is medium soft and has a decent staple length, crimp, and lock structure. It’s an excellent choice for making mittens, socks, or the sweater that one pairs with a favorite turtleneck or other undershirt. Tunis has some luster and takes dye very well. Yes, solid and good qualities.
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.
4 ounces of hand-combed CVM
spun short forward draw
about 400 yards of 2-ply
creamy in color
The California Variegated Mutant aka CVM is a color pattern variant of the Romeldale breed. Romeldales were developed in the United States by crossing Romney rams with Rambouillet ewes. The color pattern that distinguishes the CVM from the Romeldale is the badger-faced pattern: stripes from the muzzle to the eyes and/or dark legs and underbelly. Is the CVM a distinct breed from the Romeldale? Apparently this is up to debate. Whatever the case, the wool from all of these sheep share the same characteristics (crimp, lock structure, softness, etc.)
Did you know that the CVM/Romeldale is an endangered breed? This is distressing because the wool has such great qualities. Fantastic crimp, nice lock structure, good staple length, nice softness, and I could go on and on.
Remember this fiber?
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!