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I found it harder to figure out how to post than to spin this beautiful fiber up! I am spinning it from the fold as Adrian suggested. A new technique for me! The fiber seems the best when I didn’t spin it to thinly. I split the roving in half, in the hopes I could next a pair of something with it, but I am not sure if that will work now as I have a section that I spun to thick.

I really liked how spinning from the fold would result in two different colors being spun together!

(You can see I also had a bit of trouble with tension. It seems the only solution was to spin really slowly!)

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As you may have noticed, August’s fiber is a very long-stapled wool. For the less experienced spinners, I thought I’d talk about some spinning options. To me, this fiber screams for worsted spinning- flatten the single with your fingers as you spin it, tucking all those loose fibers in. Your yarn will be drapey and shiny and gorgeous. You could spin this top from the end or from the fold (PDF). This would be a great opportunity to spin a singles yarn! The staple is long, so you can really get away with low twist.

Spindle spinners, here’s (PDF) info on spinning worsted on a spindle.

For my yarn, I was thinking about a particular pattern (Cobblestone from the new Interweave Knits) and spinning Mollusc to go with the charcoal Classic Elite Skye Tweed yarn I already had for the sweater. So, two ply worsted weight it was to be. Hopefully, the sheen of Mollusc as the yoke of the sweater will play well with the tweedy goodness of the Skye Tweed for the rest of the sweater.

I’ll post progress pics as I get going on this one. I can’t wait to see what you make with your fiber!

Adrian

Hi everyone, and welcome to round two of the fiber club! All of the packages have been mailed and you should have received your tracking emails. When I was finished packing the orders, I had a few thank you notes left over. 😮 If there wasn’t one in your box, then let me say “Thank you for joining and welcome to the club!”

This month’s fiber is a great, fun spin. If you’re not familiar with this breed, pull a bit out from the end and check out that staple length. As long as you keep that length in mind, you should have a pleasurable spinning experience.

I hope you love the colors! This one blew me away as it was hanging in the sunshine to dry. I can’t wait to see how you all spin this to preserve and accentuate that beauty.

Want to see? Can’t wait? Click here.

I’ll be back with some finished yarn photos as soon as I think everyone’s got their fiber.

Adrian
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