Category Archives: Spinning

Current Spinning: Shetland/Mohair

This latest spinning is a departure from my usual, hand-combed 100% wool. I’ve been experimenting with adding other natural fibers like mohair and alpaca to wool. Mohair can add sheen and strength to your yarn. Alpaca can add softness and warmth. Not to mention that these fibers come in wide variety of fantastic natural colors. Just think of the possibilities!

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Current Spinning Project: CVM

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.

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