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« on: April 09, 2006 02:38:10 PM »

  I ordered some roving and they are sitting here, just waiting until I finish my latest kntting project so I can star experimenting with it.   Wink

  But I have a question regarding roving..  I got some Corriedale.

  I wanna know from you (experienced) guys, if it worth to get merino next time.   I know as a knitter that merino can look good when felted, but is not really necessary... Actually, some mixed wool can give a cooler finish, but how does it work with needle/wet  felting?

  How is the finish different for Corriedale?

Thank you so much in advance! :-)

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2006 11:33:14 AM »

Hi Totalee welcome to the felting world.  Smiley
there's quite a difference between corriedale and merino.
Merino has a smaller shorter staple..as in shorter and much finer hairs.
Corriedale has fairly fine yet long hairs- but not as fine as merino.. if that makes sense..haha.
'They' say (whoever 'they' are..  Smiley ) merino should/could be used for things that are against the skin- when wet/needle felted, it is similar to cashmere or pashmina in softness. Merino can also be felted in a very thin layer and is the choice for doing felting projects like nuno or scarves, etc.

On the other hand-I just finished a 1lb. bag of white corriedale and really like the diversity you can have with it. it is still pretty soft and can be used for all sort of things. as well it holds up on bigger projects like rugs, and vessels...
I also found corriedale easier to dye with kool-aid compared to merino- merino felts FAST!!! as it's so fine.
Another thing i also consider is price: 1 lb. corriedale is $14-16 CDN and 1 lb. merino is $20+ CDN where I am..although i plan on investing in lots of new dyed merino soon i hope!!
Anyways hope the info helped. HAVE LOTSA FUN ! Its all about the experimentation around here.

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2006 09:44:32 AM »

 OMG, Lexis!! That is some kick-a$$ info!!! You rock!!

  Totally helped.. A LOT!

 I think that for now I'll work with what I have.... if I feel that I can do nice projects, maybe scarves or jewelry, then I get some merino to be soft on the skin!!

  All so exciting!! YEY! Cheesy Cheesy

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