Monday, May 12, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Louet Canterbury Prize Fibers

Welcome to Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! I knit, sew, quilt, crochet, and spin, amongst other things. Today I'm reviewing some spinning fiber with a giveaway for those who like to spin their own yarn. All fiber was provided gratis by Louet North America. The following review is my own opinion.

Awhile back I was contacted to do a blog review for Louet's Canterbury Prize carded fibers. I am always interested in trying breed specific wools but locating some breeds can be difficult if you don't want to purchase an entire fleece. I was given 4 wools to try: Dorset Down, Perendale, Leicester, and Shetland. I had spun shetland before, but all of the other breeds were new to me. All samples were spun as a 2-ply worsted weight and naturally dyed with red onion skins.

All 4 wools are a carded sliver that was easy to draft. There's quite a bit of "sheepiness" to them--they don't seem overprocessed and all had some VM and a wooly smell.

Louet Samples

Dorset Down is a medium coarse wool. It felt similar to Romney. I spun the wool longdraw with some difficulty because this wool had the sort of prickly sticker type of VM that was a little hard to remove at times.

Louet Samples

Perendale was the softest of the 4 wools. I would categorize it as medium soft--maybe a little bit rougher than BFL. I didn't find this wool to be very elastic, but it did form a nice round yarn when plied. It almost has a longwool feel to it that was easy to overtwist. It took me awhile to get the hang of how to spin it but after a short time I adjusted and it became easy to spin. I think of the 4, Perendale is best suited to make sturdy sock yarn, though the Dorset would be a good option as well.

Leicester had a very sheepy smell to it with a lot of luster. It was the only wool that I spun short-forward draw because it simply wanted to be spun that way. I had to use a light touch to avoid a ropey yarn. This wool felt very similar to Wensleydale or Mohair. There were some neps that made the yarn slubby.

Lastly, the Shetland was effortless to draft. It felt similar to other shetland wools i've spun at a medium coarseness. The resulting yarn was very fuzzy. It'd be wonderful for colorwork.

Louet Samples

All of the samples dyed nicely but the Leicester has the deepest color. The shine of Leicester makes the color stand out while the other 3 were more matte.

Would you like to win a sampler of these fibers? I'm giving away one ounce of each type of wool to one person. US and International entries are welcome. Leave a comment letting me know which breed-specific wool you'd like to try. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram and like my Facebook page for 3 extra entries. I will choose a winner on Tuesday, May 20.

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61 comments:

  1. I'd like to try the Dorset. Down-type wool has risen to the top of my list as I've just returned from MDSW with some Leicester long-wool yarn and Joseph sheep yarn.

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  2. I don't know much about them, but the Shetland sounds good! The dye colors are beautiful!

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  3. I haven't much experience with short fiber so maybe I should try some of that Dorset. Hmm...

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  4. Perendale is what I'd like to try

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  5. I would love to try the Perendale or Leicester. Soo curious now about spinning my own fiber....thanks for introducing this to me!

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  6. I'd love to try Perendale. Sounds like fun!

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  7. Dorset!

    glazefamily3 AT gmail.com

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  8. I'd like to try the Shetland. It looks so soft and fluffy and yes it would be lovely in colorwork.

    I was so excited when my daughter started raising sheep. Then I found out she is raising hair sheep -- no wool to be found. So having some to mess around with would be great.. :)

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  9. Perendale or Shetland are the ones I'd love to try. Thank you! :) coralbunnyandlo [at] gmail [dot] com

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  10. Leicester! Thank you for the chance....they all seem so special! :)

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  11. I'd love to try Merino and Dorset.
    debyeo at hotmail dot com

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  12. I have played with Leicester and Shetland but Dorset sounds very appealing! And I hadn't even heard about Perendale, probably because it is from New Zealand, I tend to stick to close to home wool :)

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  13. Shetland sound the best to me- fuzzy and warm.

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  14. i think i would love Perendale as is the soft kind of wool. thank you for your sharing of wool type :D

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  15. Shetland is the one I would try

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  16. Beautiful! I would love any of them! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. I would love to try the Perendale!

    jachelno at gmail dot com

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  18. I've only ever spun Lincoln, so anything else!

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  19. I've never tried Perendale, so that sounds intriguing!

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  20. i am a novice so all of the options lead to an exciting new learning experience!

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  21. Perendale sounds most interesting to me.

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  22. I would like Dorset. I grew up on a dorset farm.

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  23. well if I wanted to be on the safe side Iwoudl probably go for shetland, but I think the perendale sounds interessting, so yeah let's be adventurous ...

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  24. These all look so fun to spin. I haven't spun Shetland since my very very first attempt at wheel spinning. I'd love to try again now that I'm more skilled to see what I get!

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  25. I'd love to try Perendale! And lots of other things.

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  26. I would like to try the Perendale. Thanks, Kathy
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  27. I love BFL yarns, but I've never spun Leicester. I'd be excited to try it out!

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  28. Perendale please! sarah@forrussia.org

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  29. I'd love to try Shetland. Great giveaway. Thanks so much for sharing

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  30. I'm so terrible. ..red heart worst yarn from Walmart

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  31. The Shetland. I like fuzziness.

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  32. I'm going to choose Leicester ... only because I had a pet lamb caled Marcus who was a Leicester

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  33. I love wool and would love to try any of them but maybe the Shetland!! Thanks..

    jeanieheath@charter.net

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  34. I'd like to try spinning Cormo.

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  35. I'd like to try the Leicester sample. Thanks for the chance!

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  36. I would like to try penedale

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  37. I'd better not enter the giveaway as I haven't a clue about spinning fibers but this is all very interesting!

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  38. i've tried and i'm not gonna stop trying merino!
    emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. I would love to give this to my mum! We bought her a spinning wheel for her birthday last year :) She's a big fan of Merino !

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  40. I'd love to try Cormo - it's one of the fine breeds that I haven't been able to get my hands on yet!

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  41. The only wool I have used so far is Alpaca from Peru, so any type of wool would be an interesting try for me.

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  42. I have always wanted to try Perendale as it is a fiber I have not yet experimented with and want to see if I am too allergic to it to be able to spin or knit with it.

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  43. i like the fuzziness of the shetland.

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  44. The Perendale intrigues me the most. I would love to try my hand at spinning. I have a friend whose son spins. He recently sheered his angora rabbit and is spinning that up! Thank you for this great chance!

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  45. I'd love to try the Leicester.

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  46. Perendale sounds perfect :) I love softness!

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  47. How lovely! The Shetland appeals to me. Thanks very much. :-)

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  48. I would love to try the Perendale because I've never heard of it before! :) Interesting how the colours came out differently, was it all the same dyebath?

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  49. I would love the Perendale because it looks so soft!

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  50. I've only used a drop spindle so I've not a lot of experience, but the Shetland sounds great. Actually, they all have their points. And, I hope this isn't heresy to a spinner, but I also have uses for sliver and wool roving for doll making and other kinds of fiber arts such as felting or needlepunching. I have a bagful of now mostly cleaned fleeces from two angora goats that my former daughter in law gave me that has wonderful curls for doll hair, but I haven't had much luck with the drop spindle.

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  51. I would like to try dorset

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

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  52. I've never tried either Perendale or Dorset... would love to spin either one!

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  53. I want to try the softest one that start with a P!

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  54. They all sound wonderful. Perendale, Shetland, Leicester, Dorset, in that order

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  55. I'd want to try the Perendale. This is the first time I've heard anything about it.

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  56. i would love to try leicester

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