Warm gray CVM wool (California Variegated Mutant) blended with light gray huacaya alpaca with some rose gray patches. The result is a warm, medium gray color, not a full rose gray as you will see in our other rose gray blends, but it definitely does not have any blue cast to it. The second photo shows this roving compared to some others the second from the far left. This listing for 4 ounces.
California Variegated Mutant is one of the rarest of sheep breeds. It is the result of a wise California rancher deciding to save and breed colored offspring in his Romeldale flock originally intended for the Pendleton clip rather than cull them. I think of them as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of the sheep world. They have the interesting characteristic of keeping their beautiful colors as they age and the fineness of their fleece rather than getting paler and coarser. Romeldales were an offshoot of Rambouillet (the French merino-like finewool breed) and Corriedale. The fleeces tend to have good staple length, this one 4-5 inches, very fine crimp, and next-to-skin softness. Perhaps a little more body and bounce than merino. What is not to like? Because it is a fine wool, it is recommended for applications where softness trumps durability, but theoretically, because of its long staple length, it should be slightly more pill resistant, especially if spun fine with more plies to make up a heavier yarn. No matter, I still would not choose it for high abrasion resistance.
Despite its rarity, the CVM breed is well represented here in Iowa by dedicated breeders, this fleece from Wolf Creek Farms.
I recently had the interesting opportunity to interact online with a knitter from Australia ordering naturally colored yarn from us. She noted in response to my query that despite the amount of wool produced in Australia that it was 99% white for commercial yarn production. The bulk is shipped to China, and anyone who is interested should look at what that means in most factories there with heavy industrial footprints not friendly to the environment. To her, "local" purchasing meant buying from sources where identifiable farms and animals resulted in the kind of product we present to you. I appreciate fully her willingness to make choices in support of family farms everywhere.
Care instructions: hand wash cool, mild soap, no agitation as this fiber felts readily, lay flat to dry.