Delilah grows a beautiful oatmeal grey fleece that is spun into a 3 ply light Worsted weight yarn with 187 metres (205 yards) per 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of soft, heather gray gorgeousness.
Derived from the Romeldales, CVM sheep are a fairly new breed out of California from the 1960's. The clever combination of crossing a Rambouillet (French Merino) with a Romney takes the best of two beautiful breeds...the soft fineness of Rambouillet Merino with the longer staple of the Romney breed. Their unfortunate name actually is California Variegated Mutant and encompasses all those sheep with distinctive facial, belly and chest markings. Those CVMs that are solid coloured are actually called Romeldales. Either way, CVMs are popular for handspinners because of their consistently soft, lofty wool with long staple length.
Delilah has been one of our flock's stellar fleece growers since she was born here at Gladsheim Farm in 2016. Every spring we look forward to shearing her abundance of long, soft locks. Delilah has an interesting multi-coloured fleece that ranges from creams to golden browns to silvery grays. If you haven't had the opportunity to work with CVM yarn before, I invite you try Delilah's and join her fan club.
Delilah's yarn is popular perhaps because of its versatility. Bundle up on a cold, wintry day in a Delilah sweater or shawl and you will be sure to stay cozy. Because her yarn is so soft, hats and cowls are also a favourite to knit. Any garment made with Delilah's yarn will surely become an heirloom.
Sheep + Breed ~ Delilah (CVM)
Colour ~ natural oatmeal grey
Yarn Weight ~ 3 ply Worsted weight
Needles ~ US 7-9 or 4.5-5.5 mm
Gauge ~ 4"= 16 to 20 sts
Yardage ~ 187 metres (205 yards)
Weight ~ 100 grams (3.5 ounces)
Gently hand wash in lukewarm water and lay flat to dry, out of direct sunlight.
Our wool is grown by our beloved flock of fibre sheep here on our little farm in the mountains of British Columbia. We take great care in raising our animals and we spend hours handpicking all fleeces before we send them off for processing to a family-run mill in Alberta. You can be sure that your yarn has been handled with love in all stages of its production.
Due to the slow method of transforming raw wool into yarn, each small batch is one of a kind and will reference the individual sheep who grew the fibre. Please ensure you purchase the right amount for your project as given the nature of small batch yarn, there may be variations in fleeces from year to year.
Enjoy using Wool Maiden's farm raised yarn from our lovely Delilah. We hope that the garment you create brings great joy and perhaps becomes an heirloom piece in your wardrobe.
Please understand that all attempts have been made to accurately photograph the colour of this yarn. Due to the range of individual settings on computers, there may be unavoidable colour variance.