This week I wanted to tidy the sunroom and dining area, which meant dealing with the fibre hanging around, waiting to be drum carded. I have borrowed the carder from my felting group, so need to return it at the end of the month.
The first half of the Samoyed dog hair has now been washed numerous times and drum carded and comes to 118g (4.16 oz). The other half has been washed and has been drying most of the week, so I will card it next week. There is still a whiff of dog about it, but once spun it will need washing again and hopefully that will work. I started pulling guard hairs out, but lost the will, perhaps as I spin I will try to pull out any very thick ones.
I also drum carded some brown alpaca, this is just a small amount from a much larger bag of alpaca fibre I picked up at a de-stash sale. I am not enjoying processing raw alpaca fibre…it is just soooooo dusty and full of vegetable matter (vm) that I dread processing the rest. I thought I would see what its like spun and then decide about the rest. I got in a mess with trying to create a rolag (see pic), so folded the other as a batt, and have separated them in a boot box with acid free paper ready for spinning.
I also drum carded this black fibre, I picked up in a stash with my spinning wheel. I am not 100% sure what it is, given the lack of grease, the amount of dust/vm and the softness, I think it is alpaca. The staple length varies but is mostly pretty long with odd short fat curls, which could be from its head? I am not an expert in fibres, but alpaca is my best guess. This photo is only a small part, there’s actually 119g of it now carded….similar amount to the white Samoyed…so I could try a humbug inspired ply (does the US have humbug sweets/candy!?!?!) Or I could knit something with black and white stripes?!
Onto more fun things I have done…
I finished my 3rd Hitchhiker scarf (albeit with some pattern variations shown on my Ravelry Project page). I love this pattern because I have memorised it (not hard, its just 8 rows repeated); you easily can tell where you are, so you can squeeze in a row when you have a few minutes; and you can make the scarf any size you want, so ideal for homespun yarn you aren’t sure how much there is. There is something pretty very cool about making something with yarn you have spun yourself. This is the first garment I have made with my homespun yarn and now the evenings are getting colder I will have a chance to wear it!
I have purchased some more of Martina Behm’s patterns, so will post details of those when I have done them. They call for fingering weight so its something to aspire to achieving in my spinning.
I finished spinning and made 3 ply yarn from my early dyeing attempts of British 56s wool. I had spun 2 bobbins of singles a while ago, so did 3rd today and then plied. What was left over on one bobbin I chain plied and feel I am getting better each time.
On Thursday I wet felted something for my sister’s 50th, but I won’t post the picture(s) yet, as its not her birthday until next week!
Other than that I have been knitting my cardigan….suspect I will be saying that for many weeks! If only I had chosen a stockinette and not American moss stitch and cable pattern!! Ah well!
That is quite a bit of spinning to be done. I watched someone, this week, learning to spin. It is quite an art form. I admire anyone who does it. Your fleeces are quite lovely. Hopefully the dog will wash out next time you wash it.
I have never heard of humbug candy here in the US. We do use the word around Christmas time though, thanks to Dickens Christmas Carol.
Yes we say Bah Humbug re: Christmas haters too…black and white striped mints are also called Everton Mints as well, not sure if that’s also UK regional too. I may felt some of the fibre rather than spin it all, but I do need the practice so good to have free dog fluff to do that with 😀
There appears to be quite a bit of spinning to be done.
The nice thing about alpacas is that while they’re extremely dirty/dusty, they don’t have the lanolin in the fiber that needs to be scoured out.
As for Humbugs, we have candy that looks like that, comes wrapped like that, but you can usually only find it at actual candy shops (so, you know, not like at the apothecary or the regular shops). And we don’t call them Humbugs. I’m not really sure what we call them, though.
I’ve not tried felting alpaca yet, so I’m going to give that a go too as well as some practice spinning. I’ve only really done short forward drafting, so will try long draw! Eek!
Love all your fibre – I have to get me a drum carder – carder by hand is hard on my wrists. It is so interesting that you are spinning dog hair. Very cool.
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They are expensive, perhaps you have a Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild nearby you can loan one off? I agree hand carding is tough on the wrists
Oh, the colors in your hand-dyed are to dye for! And the idea of spinning Samoyed made my day.
Thanks, I am pretty addicted to those colours and I like the finished yarn, It’s not a soft wool blend so will perhaps be a hat, but it was cheap which is great for practicing.