Robust and fully saturated tonal carded Corriedale. Each Tutti Frutti shade features multiple colors carded together to create unique, hearty, and hefty heathered hues. Carded from 29 micron Corriedale Wool Fleece, this fiber has a lovely woolen texture without being too scratchy. Suitable for outer and innerwear yarns.
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I bought this carded Corriedale in four colors, intending three of them for a sweater and the fourth one for sampling just because it was a very pretty color and I wasn't sure which turquoise I would like better with the other two colors. I'm in the middle of my sampling process and here's what I've found. This is truly a woolen preparation. I've been spinning it with a modified long draw. I would have preferred a simple long draw as it is my preferred spinning method always, but it just does not pull well without that helper hand between the fiber supply and the orifice. I'm spinning it on my new Dreaming Robots Electric Eel 6.0. I did find that it spins better from one end rather than the other so I rewound the ball of fiber to accommodate that. I'm aiming for a worsted weight, so the first sample is a singles of 7 to 9 WPI with a twist angle of about 20%. I wound it onto my wrist and plied it on itself with a very firm twist. I was able to get a very nice knitted sample of 30 stitches and 12 rows that worked out to be 12" wide and 3.5" high. The gauge was 3 stitches and 4 rows per inch on #10 Chiaogoo Twist needles. I'm spinning the second sample right now at about 11 to 14 WPI and am planning to ply it with the same firm twist. I do have to pay attention to what I'm doing so that I get the size I need. I wouldn't recommend this fiber for mindless spinning unless you don't mind having an inconsistent yarn, which I often enjoy. But for this project, I have a specific yarn and feel in mind, so I'm paying more attention to the grist than to the TV! All four colors of this fiber ended up being prettier in person than it was on screen. It has some neps and short fibers and does not have great length. The colors are not solid, so they are producing yarns with a much richer look than you would produce with a dyed top. This is definitely carded, not combed. Spun woolen, it is making a nice warm, bouncy yarn, resulting in a garment with those characteristics. I plan to use it for some simple colorwork. I don't think it would be the fiber of choice for something that needed strong stitch definition, such as cables. The fiber itself is not what I would choose for lace either. This will make an outstanding sweater, mittens, or a hat.