Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Spinning Diverse Fibres
In case my (non-fibre-y) friends and family didn't already think me strange enough, I started spinning my dog's fur.
Having completed 2/3 of my camel silk (above- isn't that lovely stuff?), I decided my support spindle needed a break from all that fine lace and the bag of dog hair stashed under the sink needed a reason-to-be.
With the help of a leader yarn (my first time using/needing one; I usually hand twist the start of a yarn) I started spinning Darla's fur. This is all undercoat tufts that I pluck from her, so there is very minimal tough guard hairs in the blend.
I have no brushes/carders to process the fibre, so I'm spinning from the cloud/fluff. The staple length is quite short (especially compared with the BFL I started spinning yesterday), but the high speed of the spindle and the lack of any weight pulling down is working to whip this up. Because of the leader yarn I started with, the single is being S-spun. I'm keeping the yarn relatively fine at about a sport weight single - which is 'thick' for me. I'll be 2-plying this dog yarn and then knitting up a wee doggy. It's essentially 'art yarn' to me. Too itchy/fluffy/sheddy and too warm to be of any practical use. One day I might consider blending it with wool, but this first play with dog yarn - chiengora - is just for fun.