Bea, the CVM Romeldale

I took up knitting a few years ago, and that led to spinning on a spindle, which led to spinning on wheel.  This in turn to led to working with raw fleece (thanks Shells!)

Last October I purchased a fleece off of Bea, a CVM Romeldale from Crosby Hill Farms.  I had never purchased a fleece before, but I thought she looked pretty good:

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Now my friend Kara (Shells mentioned above) is really into processing fleece (fleeces?).  She really loves it, I’m not as enthusiastic.  I was willing to process some of this fleece but not all 5.81 pounds.

Fortunately I knew about Dakota Fiber Mill up by Kindred, ND.  I kept about a pound of the raw fleece to process myself and sent the rest up to Dakota Fiber Mill.  Can’t recommend these folks enough.  Was very pleased with what I got back from the mill:

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This is almost 5 pounds of fiber waiting to be spun up.

Now for the stuff I held back.  I enlisted Kara’s help and equipment.  She had built this “cage” to hold the locks while they were soaking in the tub.  Kept everything safe and in place:

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You can see some of the dirt and grease floating away from the fleece, but Bea must have been a prissy sheep because after only a few soaks, the water was pretty clear.

Once Bea was washed and dried, I hand carded the locks and formed rolags.  I thought I had a picture of the rolags, but really, once you’ve seen one rolag, you’ve pretty much seen them all.

To the spinning wheel!

I’m a novice spinner, still learning techniques, still learning about fiber and how it spins up.  This hand carded CVM Romeldale was one of the first things I spun up on my Majacraft Rose, so it’s not the best looking yarn, but it’ll knit.

bea04It looks gray in this picture but it really is more of a brown.  Recently I found some locks I hadn’t combed and Kara let me use her drum carded to form some very lovely batts:

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The CVM Romeldale is a very bouncy, squishy fiber.  Even after spinning it holds it’s bounce as evidenced by the picture below:

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Bea is on the left and Border Leicester is on the right.  They were both wound up on the same niddy noddy.  I also noticed that water seemed to bead off Bea, so I think this hand processed batch of Bea will turn into a hat and mittens and if there’s enough, socks.

As for the stuff from the mill, not sure what I’ll make from that.

So this is Bea.  I have other small batches of fiber waiting to be processed and will post about my experience with them here, mainly to keep it all straight myself, cause if I don’t write this stuff down, I’m gonna forget it.

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One response to “Bea, the CVM Romeldale

  1. sparkeespud

    Wow Mary well done!

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