Wow this was fun to work with! Silky and sexy – it’s most of what makes up Rowan’s famous Kid Silk Haze after all.
I didn’t both to wash the fiber, it had a little vm, but no real dirt and it wasn’t sticky.
I combed the fiber and made two samples, one thin and one thick spinning woolen-ish. Then just to be ornery I carded some (which some folk frown upon for long stapled fiber) and spun it long and fluffy draw. I was surprised at a couple of things: How shiny it is even when spun woolen. How fast it got away from me and got lumpy.
This is a fiber that piqued my curiosity and I want to spend more time learning to control it, learning how it loves to being spun.
Mohair kids are first shorn when their fleece is 4 inches long
Next up is Churro
Churro kind of made my head explode
It is a unique and a little odd fiber. It has such a rich and important history I really wanted to like it, but looking at it it just confused me.
The fleece wasn’t dirty and it was only a little sticky. One wash and it was clean. It is a sort of double coated fiber, different looking but not different enough in coarseness to separate the fibers.
I watched the Churro portion of the Handspinning Rare Wools dvd, and prepped the fiber exactly like Deb suggested. I carded it.
It only did two passes with my handcards and spun it longdraw. It made an even and lofty yarn, much softer than I expected. I wouldn’t wear it next t0 my skin, but I was surprised how soft it felt in comparison to Navajo rugs that are woven from Churro.
This fiber is strong. Prepped and spun woolen I couldn’t break even a single with my hands.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
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