Cormmmmmmmo. Cormo Cormo Cormo.
We are all about the Cormo these days.
What Is a Cormo?
Cormo is a relatively recent breed of sheep that originated in Tasmania.
More to our purposes, it’s a breed-specific wool that is out of this world. Springy, soft and fine.
One of the Cormo yarns we carry in the MDK Shop is Sincere Sheep Cormo in a sport weight, 400 yards to 4 ounces. (If you are a newly enlisted member of Jillian Moreno’s grist team, that’s 100 yards to the ounce. I love it when the grist math is easy!) Sincere Sheep Cormo is hand dyed by Brooke Sinnes using natural dyes that yield a subtle and vibrant palette.
As Ann and I knit with Cormo, both of us keep praising it as “cottony,” as if wool would be better if it felt more like cotton, which seems like a weird thing for a couple of wool lovers to say. But it does feel dry, light, smooth: cottony.
It’s soft, but not mushy-soft, not slippery. If that makes any sense at all. I would gladly wear Cormo right next to my delicate skin.
The other characteristic that is strong with Cormo wool is elasticity. I’ve called it springy, and boing-y, and that’s what I’m trying to get at. It’s the Tigger of yarns. It almost feels like it has a little elastic in it. Which of course it doesn’t. It comes from a sheep. Sheep do not grow elastic on their backs, even though that would be helpful to sock knitters. (Sheep breeders are probably working on this in Tasmania, as we speak.)
If any of this piques your interest, try out a hank of Cormo wool. It’s distinctive. It might be your new favorite thing. You might start yapping at people about how cottony it is.
What Can We Knit With Sincere Sheep Cormo?
For a great one-skein ticket to CormoLand, you can’t go wrong with Cecelia Campochiaro’s Swirl Hat.
Photo: Sara Remington for Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 5.
You get a lot out of this hat: a chance to try Cormo, and an easy intro to sequence knitting in the round.
Julia + Sincere Sheep = BFFs
Sincere Sheep is undoubtedly a yarn muse to designer Julia Farwell-Clay. We first noticed this love affair in Julia’s article about knitting a Diebenkorn painting. It’s uncanny how in-sync the Diebenkorn and Sinnes palettes are.
The light weight of this yarn is also perfect for a warm-weather top, as Julia proved with her Timbromania design for Pom Pom Quarterly this spring.
Photo: Amy Gwatkin for Pom Pom Quarterly.
Knitters Love This Yarn
Sincere Sheep Cormo is one of those yarns that knitters love to sub. Three brilliant cases in point:
Photo: By permission of Laparente on Ravelry.
Photo: by permission of KnitterNinjaShar on Ravelry.
Sharlene (KnitterNinjaShar on Ravelry) used Sincere Sheep Cormo Sport for her version of Clio by Elizabeth Doherty. (Check out Sharlene’s project page to see a prolific sweater knitter at the top of her game; Sharlene is a co-host of the Yarniacs podcast.)
Cardigan + dress + jeans will always be a great look.
We’re always on the hunt for great patterns for Sincere Sheep Cormo. Feel free to shout them out in the comments!