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July 12, 2007


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Abby Franquemont

I hope you realize the puntas picture teaser a) sells me on the book and b) guarantees my recommendation of it. I know *exactly* what that is, and there are NO books about it right now.

I'm also likely to point folks to your explanation of Falkland; I largely explain "Well, it's Corriedale and Polwarth combined, basically, which boils down to being easy to spin, and getting fatter in the wash due to the way the crimp is."

The kind I have, which I do like, is a commercial combed top, with a slightly tan tinge to it that I find shades dyes attractively, without really changing the hue. By and large I find it a pleasant, casual spin; there's no great commitment to it, it's not fiber for super-laceweight stuff, it's not the softest thing ever, it isn't lustrous and locky; it's a good, comfortable, springy midrange wool. It's, well, Polwarthy Corriedale, in my opinion!

The yarn... I'm amused to think of it as a self-indulgent purchase, as the truth is, as a product, it was a self-indulgent "I feel like painting some of that" product for myself. I hope you enjoy it!


Hi, Deb! I found your blog a while back and like to drop in from time to time. This post amused me greatly as a fine illustration of the interconnectedness of the fibre community. As in a couple of weeks ago, I spent a happy half hour chatting with Donna Druchunas - in Cumbria, UK, where we were both teaching at Woolfest. And one of the Falkland Island sheep farmers is an online and face to face friend of mine. Produces *wonderful* fibre, btw...

Nice, isn't it?

Carol Leonard (the original one)


OK, something in your post (not sure what) reminded me of our discussion about CVM sheep. What were their forebears, etc. Here's a link that explains that. I can't remember what we discussed, maybe you can?!

Deborah Robson

Hi, Joanne:

Yep, CVMs are basically colored Romeldales. Glen Eidman was an extremely knowledgeable sheep man. Great judge at shows. http://www.cvmsheep.com/history.htm

Both are considered "critical" on the rare breeds list ( http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/wtchlist.html#sheep ).

Recently developed, true breeds, unusual in being American in origin.

I'm sure what reminded you was the talk of Falklands. . . . Although that's *not* a breed. . . .


Deborah Robson

Well, this is a kick seeing who's commenting here! I just stopped by. Abby: Yes, I don't like stark whites. They can be nice for jewel-tones, but I would think the slight tan shade would be nice in a dyebath. And I like midrange, pleasant wools for comfort spinning.

Yep, puntas. I wondered if anyone would recognize them. And they're getting a two-page, fully illustrated explanation, courtesy of the added half-signature. Fun for me to be able to highlight one piece of Donna's manuscript that way. . . . I really like puntas, and I learned how to work them from editing this book.

And Carol Leonard! Hi! That's terrific that you got to visit with Donna. I miss seeing you!

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