Wednesday, 30 January 2013


Staple; 7.5-12.5cm
Micron 22-25
About Tarhgee sheep: As one of America's youngest breeds having been developed this century, U.S. Sheep Experiment Station, Dubois, Idaho  began breeding  their cross-bred ewes, consisting of Rambouillet, Lincoln, and Corriedale blood with their smoothest, thickest Rambouillet rams  in 1926 . The aim was for a hardy sheep requiring little attention
To fulfill the need to develop a profitable range raised sheep requiring minimal human intervention Many sheep breeders thought the ideal range breed would be ¾ fine wool and ¼ long wool breeding, commonly referred to as a “come back” sheep, referring to  coming back to the Rambouillet . To meet this demand the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station, Dubois, Idaho, began in the fall of 1926 to lay the foundation for such a breed.
The new breed was named Targhee after the National Forest where the animals grazed during the summer. The forest was named for a [1]Chief of the Bannock Indians who had lived in the area in the 1860's.
My spinning Experience: Spinning Targhee was so similar to Cormo which I just recently reviewed. It was fine with a fair amount of elasticity. I just can’t help but compare and reference Cormo, though not quite as soft nor elastic. It is fabulous and I feel that as a garment it would hold up to a bit stronger use and feel wonderful.
My Princess skin rating gives Targhee 4 stars.

[1] Chief Targhee by 1867, was known as, “the great head chief of all the Bannock people.” He led his people through what may have been the most grim period of their history. Admired for his strong character and integrity he was killed while hunting for food by the Crow in the winter of 1871-72.


  1. beautiful blog!
    bye from switzerland,

  2. So that's where I saw it! After reading this (and then forgetting where it was) I told my mom, since we are looking for some new ewes and why not get a local breed. And she called the down the road to the Experiment Station and ordered a few ewe lambs. Can't wait for some wool next year :)

    1. Thankyou so much for sharing that with me. How lucky for you to have your own flock to spin from. I'd love to share pictures of your new ewes on my blog if you like.

  3. Totally agree with you about Targhee. I absolutely LOVE spinning and wearing this fiber. Thanks for the great write-up!