Fiber Friday Debouillet Sampling
Handspun sample of Debouillet fleece....purples, pinks, reds...I have been dreaming about Debouillet for a while. It's a breed of sheep which originated in New Mexico in 1920 from Delaine-Merino and Rambouillet crosses. Having no sucess of my own in attaining the elusive Deb., CK from Knittychat sent me a sample of a fleece she bought on ebay.
The wool is extremely soft and fine, longer stapled than merino, and somewhat springier. However, I'm now skeptical about buying fleeces on ebay, because this fleece had something quite unexpected in amongst the fluff. Cactus! Ouch! I only had a tiny sample. And just flicking out that small sample left my fingers and lap with prickly spines. Not good. Another reason to sample a fleece before buying!
I did however, get to play with the Debouillet. And I love it. If I can ever find a nice fleece for sale, or potentially breeding stock, it would be a serious score.
"The stable length of the fleece is from three to five inches (7.5-12.5 cm) with a numerical count of 62 to 80 which is 18.5 to 23.5 microns." Soft...and nice.
Now to find some without the cactus....