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I'm planning to knit all mine, but some not for a very, very long time as they'd be for "if" we ever had another baby.

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Old 10-29-2009, 06:46 PM   #52
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I just ordered some Mountain Meadow and had it sent to Lisa at Becoming Art to have dyed! I can hardly wait
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Going to *toot* my own horn here for a moment.

I *found* this yarn back in June at my LYS. I fell in love with it. My LYS didn't have any info on it so I rushed home and emailed the farm. I was told at first it was a rambo/columbia blend of wool and it's machine washable.

I didn't believe it until I dyed it and knit a swatch and washed it myself.

then I offered it as a test in my HC and dyed it up and knit up a pair of shorts.
The mama got back to me on how she washed it on a regular cycle with wool wash and hung to dry, I fell in love even more..






So then I decided to share my new found love with some other wooly friends and knew it was a matter of time before the other dyers would pick up on it.

I love how it takes dye but it does take ALOT of dye to really get it a deep color. I've also dyed the 2 ply sport and love that too.

It's my go to yarn. I love knitting it since it a lanolin rich yarn.

you can see all colorways I have dyed and knit with the yarn
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I prefer knitting it over Cestari and I would say it's similar to knitting MH but without the nubs
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:35 PM   #54
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Re: Cestari vs Mountain (Meadow) Wool: compare and contrast!

I'll chime in on somethings.

So Rambo is a breed of sheep. And Bekah, I'm not sure if the "Rambo" you got was from me or not, but the Rambouillet yarn I carry is ONLY and Purely 100% Rambouillet yarn. It feels a bit like BBR, IMO, but studier. It is a thinner yarn at 240yds for 4 oz.

Marr Haven is called "Rambo" by many, but that's only part of what it's made of. Marr Haven is the seller of their yarn, which is actually a Rambo/Merino blend spun in a mule-spun manner. It is distinct in appearance, because it's nubby.

My Rambo and Marr Haven are like comparing apples to oranges. Very different.

Now for Rambo, I googled to see. Apparently Rambo is a pure sheep breed, originating from Spain, to France hundreds of years ago.

However, Columbia is the cross breed. It is a cross of Lincoln and Rambouillet. Something about that cross makes the yarn of the Columbia sheep maching washable. Hence, why Cestari's Traditional (or COlumbia) wool is supposed to be machine washable.
Found the info here:
http://www.laufamilyfarm.com/wool.htm
and here:
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/s...mbia/index.htm

Now for MWW, I know nothing. But hope to get my hands on some in the near future.
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Can anyone tell me how it takes dye compared to BBR? Angela?
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Can anyone tell me how it takes dye compared to BBR? Angela?
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IMO it takes it about the same but you need more dye for Mtn wool. Since it is really lanolin rich I had a hard time dyeing it the first couple times but have since figured out a better way of dyeing it.
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Re: Cestari vs Mountain (Meadow) Wool: compare and contrast!

Thanks Lamar and Angela for all the great info!

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So Rambo is a breed of sheep. And Bekah, I'm not sure if the "Rambo" you got was from me or not, but the Rambouillet yarn I carry is ONLY and Purely 100% Rambouillet yarn. It feels a bit like BBR, IMO, but studier. It is a thinner yarn at 240yds for 4 oz.
Bekah, maybe this solves some of the puzzle! Your Rambo longies could be knit from the pure rambouillet/thinner yarn (240yds/4oz) whereas others using Marr Haven feel a thicker, worsted weight (215yds/4oz). Similar wool (though the Marr Haven uses cross-bred wool), but different feel...

The MMW is listed as 160yds/4oz but the consensus is that under moderate tension it knits to more like 205yds/4oz. It sounds like despite being pure Rambouillet, the way that Mountain Meadow processes its wool makes a difference to its feel and how it holds up to washing etc.

Interesting!
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It is listed as 140 yards to 100g which is 3.5 oz.
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It is listed as 140 yards to 100g which is 3.5 oz.
Right you are! Editing my post above to the correct yardage of 160yds/4oz.
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