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Clara Posted - 02/03/2010 : 5:36:21 PM
Hello everybody!

I'm writing to let you know about something fun bubbling away in the Knitter's Book of Wool group on Ravelry: woolalongs! The idea is simple: Each month I pick a breed and we play with it. We can knit anything we want, out of any YARN we want - as long as itís from the breed in question. No pressure if you just knit a square or a shawl. It's all about the experience.

Consider it a monthly wine-tasting group where each of us brings our own bottle and talks about it. You can share what you find, where you find it, and what you think of it. Together, we can assemble a pretty amazing list of yarn sources for each breed.

Our February woolalong is dedicated to the glorious breed called CORMO, which is a cross between Corriedale and Merino. It's one of my favorites.

Folks are already ordering yarn, winding their skeins, and contemplating projects. I invite you to join along. If you don't have any Cormo in your stash, I can recommend companies with whom Iíve had a long and extremely satisfying Cormo yarn relationship:

Elsa Wool Company
Foxfire Fiber & Designs

If you'd like to join us, you can follow along here or go straight to the Knitter's Book of Wool group on Ravelry.

Thank you!

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NutmegOwl Posted - 03/13/2010 : 1:12:41 PM
Now I know for sure what to do with my Foxfire! L.O.V.E. the La Novia - so glad you posted pix!

Nutmeg Owl
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minh Posted - 03/13/2010 : 12:27:15 PM
I posted pictures of two Cormo scarves on my blog: "La Novia" (in Foxfire Cormo/Silk/Alpaca) which I knitted in February and "Patricia's shawl" (in Foxfire Cormo/Silk) which I knitted a couple of years ago.
peggymchoe Posted - 03/04/2010 : 06:54:12 AM
This sounds fun! Serendipitously I have been working on a Prairie Rose Shawl with Elsa Cormo woolen-spun yarn. I didn't even know this was going on until I read about the March woolalong this morning. Unfortunately motoring on the shawl has caused a pain in my right wrist, so I am on a knitting hiatus (hopefully brief).
KnittingKittens Posted - 03/03/2010 : 03:43:00 AM
Thermis Cowl is finished, blocked and worn several times already. So soft against the neck--I really love it! I am sitting out the March BFL and look forward to seeing the knitted pretties in BFL.
minh Posted - 03/01/2010 : 7:37:17 PM
For February, I was able to combine the Cormo woolalong with the Defi 13 theme "Cruise" by knitting a blue scarf in Cormo.

For March, I'm in trouble... The woolalong is Blue Face Leicester but the Defi 13 theme is plant fibers (hemp, linen,...). So it's either two projects or I have to spin two fibers together into a yarn and knit it up. I do have two lovely skeins of BFL sport from String Theory. Maybe a brioche hat?
Coolj Posted - 02/18/2010 : 12:14:19 PM
I love cormo! My friend, Janine (a.k.a. Sniggle on Ravelry) ordered from Elsa, and we split two skeins of wool-spun. I believe she got more for herself, but half of two skeins was enough for the project I had in mind. I had intended to do a football hat (each half in a different color, then it's reversible), but the hat would have been too heavy. So, now I have half a skein to complete yet another hat! Woohoo!

In the past year I've done loads of lined, top-down hats, and I've begun each with a "toe chimney." Threading yarn through those loops then pulling it tight certainly puts its tencel strength to the test. Cormo could pull a truck out of a ditch! (Pardon me, I'm a farm girl!) It isn't the prettiest hat I ever did, but that's my fault, not the yarn's. I did a stockinette crown and ribbed the rest of it. Elsa is beautifully spun with enough definition to create gorgeous ribs and cables, yet provide a perfectly even stockinette fabric.

Janine and I are planning on trying some worsted-spun soon.

I almost for to tell you--I was determined to use every single bit of the yarn, and I finished with only 8 or 9 inches to spare! Whew! I admit I was getting nervous at the end. :-)
One Stitch at a Time Posted - 02/18/2010 : 08:03:43 AM
My heart is racing and I'm in a knittingdecisionpanic. I need suggestions- fast! I decided to take Clara's
*cough* suggestion *cough* to knit her wonderful Sweet Fern Mitts for the Cormoalong this month. Well, the yarn arrived only yesterday and of course, I didn't take the time to look at the directions until the yarn arrived. I have 2 concerns:
1- they will be too large for my baby sized hands and 2- I don't know how to make the necessary modifications to the pattern which will make them smaller. This yarn is soooo special. Any suggestions for a cozy 1 skein (237 yds)project using Elsa's worsted

Maybe I should follow KnittingKittens lead and simply display it and enjoy looking at it (until I use it for the mitts).........

KnittingKittens Posted - 02/15/2010 : 6:31:27 PM
Finally, a decision! I am making the Thermis Cowl and seriously thinking of using the pattern stitch to make some matching Thermis Mitts. What say y'all? I started the cowl yesterday and have almost 17 rows of the ribbing done. I think I can do 3 more ribbed rows and then start the two set up rows--let us pray! KnittingKittens are tired tonight. (Sigh) Monday, Monday can't trust that day. . .wait, I forgot I cannot sing!
minh Posted - 02/15/2010 : 3:06:22 PM
I have two lovely skeins of Foxfire Cormo silk alpaca in "bluebird" that are being knitted into a La Novia scarf by Anne Hanson. So far, so good.

I'm taking a class with Barb Parry in a couple of weeks so I want to finish it to show it to her.
Jane Posted - 02/15/2010 : 04:27:13 AM
Since the Woolalong has morphed into the Woolympics (or coincides with it, or something), I thought I'd check in to see how everyone's knitting is going.

I cast on a Mara shawl in Foxfire Cormo Alpaca Lace, and then I had the bright idea to knit a Porom hat for the Knitting/Woolympics with my Bijou Spun Cormo Yak. The shawl is going along nicely, and I finished the hat, which is beautiful, but I'm afraid it isn't a good look for me (Yay! I've started my Christmas knitting already!).

Both of these projects have confirmed what I already know: I love Cormo, and I love how it behaves in a blend. So, Woolalongers, what about your projects?


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Clara Posted - 02/08/2010 : 2:25:19 PM
Oh indeed, Carrie - I shall definitely "Clarafy" each month's selection.

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ceddy Posted - 02/07/2010 : 12:29:48 PM
Clara: An organizational question - when will you be announcing each month's yarn selection?

ceddy Posted - 02/07/2010 : 11:43:50 AM
I'm in - this sounds very intriging and a great way to sample differnt yarns. I like the idea of an aphgan of the completed parts at the end.
ella Posted - 02/07/2010 : 10:17:18 AM
I'm in! Just ordered a skein of Cormo Woolen-spun from Elsa in medium gray . . . what shall I make with it? Any pattern suggestions?
KnittingKittens Posted - 02/05/2010 : 5:57:32 PM
Jane is one smart cookie! Artful arrangements indeed--superb idea,simply superb! I can hold my head up and announce I ordered two skeins of the light gray woolen spun worsted weight. What a sweet relief knowing that the Cormo is on its way to me.
BlueStocking Posted - 02/05/2010 : 07:36:19 AM
I'm in, and will be starting to spin the cormo/silk roving I bought from Foxfire at the Retreat last year ... 16 ounces ~ yum!


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Jane Posted - 02/05/2010 : 04:29:00 AM
Originally posted by KnittingKittens

I am also in--a state of indecision. I cannot decide what to make and I still need to get the Cormo. Oh, what to do! Maybe I will order it and display this in the basket of beauties (all yarn of course!) on my coffee table. Hmmmm.

I like your idea... You could call it your "piece" for the month, then rearrange it (artfully, of course) next month, and so on, and so on. No commitment to a pattern! No ruining those beautiful skeins by knitting them (we all do that don't we?)! As long as you take artful photos no one will notice that you haven't knit a thing!


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aviva Posted - 02/04/2010 : 8:03:30 PM
Buckwheat Bridge Angora yarn is very nice too (kid mohair plus cormo). So soft!
Bethany Posted - 02/04/2010 : 7:25:20 PM
I was afraid you were going to say that... if I had time to do some dying, the worsted would definitely be fun for hand-dyed socks. But these days I barely have time to knit. :-)
knitree Posted - 02/04/2010 : 6:52:18 PM
From the 2008 Stash Lounge, I hold in my hands 1 luscious skein of 100% Cormo sportweight, 4 ozs, 200 yards, from Winter Haven Fiber Farm, in natural cream, with just a hint of lanolin-scent. It is soft, it is springy, and it has been waiting to be called to action. Let the pattern-hunt begin!

Taking simple patterns and complicating them...

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