Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Spinning Yak

Among lots of other things, I've managed to fit in a little time for spinning.
Happened to drive past Wingham Woolworks a little while back (it was a 50 mile detour really!). Bought a few bits and on the way to the counter saw this gorgeous shiny fluff and it went into the basket. It's 50% yak, 50% silk and it really shines.

It changed from this to this...

It's  a 2ply, 178m, 12 w.p.i. DK. It's going to become a "Yak Hat"!

This is Shetland from Wheeldale and there's only 50g, 175m, 2ply and 18 w.p.i. So it's on the edge of being a fingering weight. I have another 50g in a light green in BFL to go with it and once that's spun, it'll be some handspun stranded mittens.

This is my first attempt at corespinning and I loved it.
141m, 10 w.p.i., Worsted Weight. Fibre mix: merino, BFL, sari silk, bamboo, baby alpaca and sparkle. My thinking at the moment it would make a lovely drawstring bag but don't really need one of those so not sure what to do with it.

This is the fibre on my wheel at the minute, it's Faux Cashmere (nice way of saying nylon) from FeltstudioUK 
It's super soft and attempting to make a 3ply quite thin. It tends to have a flyaway nature to it so it's sticking to everything but is quite interesting to spin.

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