Corriedale as breed began in 1880 at Corriedale ranch in New Zealand. The manager of the ranch, James Little, crossbred Lincolns and Leicesters with his Merino sheep and created the Corriedale. Unlike numerous other breeds, the Corriedale thrives in intermediate grassland making it very popular throughout the world. Corriedale has a reputation as a great multi-purpose fiber; knitters, spinners, felters, and weavers all enjoy it for its easy use, character and resilience.
28-29 Microns (50s)
Corriedale takes color well and strikes quickly but not too quickly, has luster without being too lustrous; the fiber finds itself as a perfect representation of most other fibers.
With Corriedale falling in the middle range of most categories as well as being very affordable and readily available I typically use Corriedale for new colourway test runs when developing new colourways and techniques
Corriedale is very easily found in prepared yarns as well as spinning fiber making it readily accessible to beginning knitters who have not forayed into the art of spinning yet. The fiber can be soft enough for next to skin projects with enough elasticity and loft that it still holds up when worn regularly. Corriedale is an ideal fiber for sweaters, hats, blankets and pillows.
Corriedale is perhaps one of the easiest fibers to learn handspinning on; coarse without being scratchy with a long staple length that is very easy to draft.