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ikkivan
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Posted - 01/10/2011 :  10:42:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I know I've read about this somewhere, but now that I want to verify something, I can't find it for the life of me. Did I not read that it is a cross between merino sheep and another breed ...???

Also, I'm interested in hearing about the "next-to-the-skin" wearability of the non-superwash yarn from those of you who have used it. The Cascade 220 superwash has proven very comfortable, but what about the regular Cascade 220? Or KnitPicks Wool of the Andes?

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Posted - 01/10/2011 :  11:19:30 AM  Show Profile Send technikat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
from http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_peruvian_highland_wool

What is peruvian highland wool?

A:Peruvian Highland sheep are a cross between Corriedale (for strength and long fiber length) and Merino (for softness and fineness).




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Posted - 01/10/2011 :  2:52:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit KathyR's Homepage Send KathyR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Would this make them Cormo sheep, then?

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Posted - 01/10/2011 :  4:02:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I bet there'll be some fine distinction. Here's what the American Cormo Sheep assoc. says about its origins:

What is Cormo?? The American Cormo is a new scientific sheep breed. I.K. Downie of Tasmania was the driving force behind the creation of the Cormo breed. The Cormo Breed is a one-time crossing of Tasmanian stud Corriedale rams on 1200 selected superfine Saxon Merino ewes. This was the beginning of the development of the Cormo breed. The result -- 1/4 Lincoln, 1/4 Australian Merino, and 1/2 Superfine Saxon

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Posted - 01/11/2011 :  09:02:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Aha ... Corriedale; thank you, Technikat, for answering the first part of my question!

Now, how about the softness for this cross in the NON-superwash yarns? I do know from personal experience (have knitted and had feedback from wearer) that the cormo is very fine and soft against the skin.

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Posted - 01/11/2011 :  09:08:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, duh, I've found the answer to my question about the softness from the comments on Ravelry about the Knit Picks WotA yarn ... better save this one for felting and NOT next-to-skin items.

I'm still learning to use Ravelry to its fullest!

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Posted - 01/11/2011 :  2:15:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit KathyR's Homepage Send KathyR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You would be right, Bess. A random crossing of a corriedale with a merino would not necessarily produce a cormo. Cormo-like properties, perhaps. That will be why they have specified the wool as being "Peruvian Highland", not cormo. Thank you for that.

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Posted - 01/12/2011 :  06:43:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Donna - it isn't scratchy. It feels smooth next to the skin, just not lusciously soft. Why not buy one skein and toy around with it?

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ikkivan
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Posted - 01/12/2011 :  08:06:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good idea, Bess. And you know, I've been reading more comments, and evidently the softness of this wool (based on comments I'm reading about several brands) varies with the brand, the color, sensitivity of the person wearing it, the method of washing and rinsing, etc. I do need to find out for myself!

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