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Cormo Top

A quizzical Cormo at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. ©askatknits; used with permission.

A quizzical Cormo at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. ©askatknits; used with permission.

Breed History

Cormo sheep were developed in Tasmania by shepherd Ian Downie in collaboration with sheep geneticist Helen Newton Turner. They successfully bred Corriedale rams with his Saxon Merino ewes to increase fertility, size, and fleece yield. Cormos were brought to the United States in 1976.

Fleece Facts

The Cormo breed standard specifies wool between 17 and 23 microns. Fleeces are typically between 5 and 12 pounds, with a staple between 3 and 5 inches. Cormos are bred to grow fleeces that are exceptionally consistent across the body of the animal; 90% of any fleece must be within 2 microns of the average diameter for that fleece. Cormo wool is distinguished by its fine, regular crimp, which makes it highly elastic and resilient. Cormo registration is limited to animals with white fleeces, though colors are emerging through crosses.

Preparation

Combed top processed in the US from US-grown wool

Prickle factor

This Cormo top rates a 1 on our prickle factor scale from 1-5.  This is very, very soft wool, suitable for baby clothes and any other projects that will be worn next to sensitive skin.

Spinning hints

Want to spin fine? Cormo is the perfect fiber for fine yarns; be sure to use adequate twist to secure and protect the fibers. Expect your yarn to increase in diameter when you wash it.

Undyed Cormo Top

Undyed Cormo Top