blessed with Indian summer heat in late September, and absorbing–digesting–processing–all the fiber knowledge and tips acquired over the weekend.
Before I left for the family retreat two weeks ago, I had a bucket of Romney fleece
in cold water soaking for days out in the yard.
Temperature dropped significantly right I started the trial. It didn’t turn out as I read through various online sources–did get rid of some dirt and suint. Oooooh boy, the wet fluff stinks even after it’s been dried and aired for two weeks on the porch! Instead of tossing them out,
Modeling Ann’s hand-spun Elsewhere Sweater
LeAnn suggested I soaked them in Eucalyptus Spearmint Bath Salt by Bath & BodyWorks
It’s spendy ($16 for 17 ounces) but works wonder! With quick card, they are ready to go. I’ve spun up a sample of 2-ply lace with one of my spindles
and really do think it is best to blend with other fine fiber. Mohair? Targhee? Corriedale? Superfine Merino? Cashmere? Rombouillet? Alpaca? Llama? Bluefaced Leicester? Silk? Tencel? Seacell? Bamboo?
In the last year, I’ve spun mostly Alpaca,
and some shetland
but now am trying different breeds. Merino top is slick so can BFL, llama & alpaca for someone trying to learn to spin.
Romney is a great fiber for new spinners to work with, so easy to spin–it takes the frustration factor out of spinning. It’s why I chose it last year, three months into spinning. And it dyes well! Romney was my first wooly fleece purchased at Black Sheep Gathering last year. I like it used, a whole bag full (grin) ready for experiment!
AND, I need your help!
I would love to get any tips from you on
What to do?
What fiber to blend?
Card? or Comb?
Lace? Fingering? Worsted? Aran? Bulky? Novelty? Boulce? Core Wrap/Spun?
Your personal favorites
Quirky book or online source to haunt,
Please drop in a comment
With your recommendations
And I’ll send you all my love
Everyday in a letter
Sealed with a kiss
(Umm, well not exactly everyday and–that kiss–just might be a bit too much…but you get the idea, right?))