Spinning Tuesdays: Wrapping up 10 Weeks of Breed Spinning
This is my last week of spinning from Deb Robson’s Must Spin list. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with suchÂ a wide variety of fibers and am glad I jumped out of my BFL spinning box.
If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Deb’s book, The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, do it, no spinner who has the tiniest bit of curiosity about the variety of sheep breeds and other spinning fibers should spin without it.
My last spin is Wensleydale, a long curly sheep breed.
My Wensleydale came from The Spinning Loft (brown) and Spirit Trail Fiberworks (white). The brown was unwashed and the white came to me clean. The brown Wensleydale was barely dirty and a quick wash in a little Power Scour left the locks happy and clean.
I combed the locks with a long slow motion. Any flicking of my wrist or trying to comb quickly would have encouraged the locks to fold back on themselves and eventually just pull off of the combs.
I’ve spun a commercial Wensleydale top and the difference between that and hand prepping is enormous. The commercial top I’ve spun felt prickly and wiry even before I spun it. This hand prepped Wensleydale is soft and silky. I spun it worsted, it doesn’t need much twist and I kept my hands farther apart than I would for my regular spin. The locks barely teased open would spin easily into a super textured art yarn.
The yarn is softer than I thought it would be, with a wonderful weighty hand. I don’t think I could wear it on my neck, but I would happily wear mittens, a shawl, or a cardigan knit out of it.
A copy of Deb Robsonâ€™s DVD set, Handspinning Rare Wools, retail $34.95. Thank you to Interweave Press for the donation.
Spinning Loft fiber sampler
And a raw fiber, Fleece and Fiber Soucebook sampler from The Spinning Loft, similar to the one Iâ€™m spinning over these 10 weeks. Big thanks to Beth for providing the sampler.
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This summer I’m taking workshops with Jacey Boggs and Deb Menz. I am a lucky and excited spinner. What fun is everyone else getting up to over the summer?
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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