A Tale of Two Fleeces
At Taos wool festival, two fleeces came home.
Chocolate Corriedale and CVM cross lamb fleece,
And taupe, tan, cream CVM fleece.
The chocolate brown Corrie/CVM fleece has a wonderful medium crimp, soft hand, and wonderful color. The CVM fleece has a nice fine, tight crimp, long staple, and is very very soft. Next to the skin soft.
Yesterday in between working on Laura's quiviut, I washed samples of both fleeces, waited for them to dry, combed them and spun them into two ply mini-skeins to see what the yarn would be like.
The brown Corrie/CVM cross likes to be spun a little thicker, and will make a lovely jacket/cardigan. The taupe/cream/tan CVM will make at least one nice sweater plus more! It likes to be a sport weight yarn. The Corrie/CVM likes to be more on the worsted side.
They both combed out really nice. Easy to comb. Hardly any waste. Hardly any plant bits or bobs.
I'm thinking I'll send the brown one off to the processor, and save the CVM tan/taupe/cream one for hand processing. I really like the heathered look of the handcombed locks and isolated colors in it.
Oooh, both nice fleeces though. Real nice.