Category: spinning


A small update on my TdF spinning. I finished my alpaca singles and plied it on Day 4. On Day 5 there was more carding than spinning. I only spun 2 skeins singles for my rug. In the evening I carded a whole laundry basket full of rolags. Tomorrow is spinning time again. ...

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I'm participating in the Tour de Fleece this year (June 30-July 22). My goal is to spin that 5 yellow bags of sheep (and cheap) fleece I bought back in 2004 from a local farm filled with enthusiasm and naivety that it would be that hard to make something really cool with it. After washing a handfull wool I found out (back then): 1. Raw sheep fiber smells very strongly. 2. Sheep have quite a lot of lanolin. 3. I don't like the touch and smell of that thing there in the bags. My conclusion was some what repressing: I put the bags in my cellar for the next 8 years and had a bad conscience about it every time I saw the bags (which was not that often, I really stuffed them in the backmost corner). But! This year my Tour de Fleece project is to finally give this poorly neglected fiber a purpose and......

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I got a bunch of brand new spindle prototypes today. They are lightweight (the smallest is 9g/0.3oz, the bigger ones 11g/0.4oz) and a little bit too light for my purpose.Then I got 2 larger ones (20g/0.7oz) and they spin like a dream. Currently I'm respinning the leftovers of a yarn I did some years ago. For a beginner it was a little bit tricky to manage the merino and silk mixture then, so I'm redoing it a little bit thinner and ply it properly. Back when I spun the fibers I knitted it as a single yarn into a clapotis scarf which I wear from autumn to spring whenever the weather calls for a warm neck. That's why I couldn't let this super soft yarn rot in my stash forever. ...

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