My birthday is this week (June 10, 48) and to start my party week I spun cashmere from Deb Robson’s Must Spin list.
Wow, just wow! I loved spinning this. I was intimidated at first, but I did some research and watched the cashmere part of Judith MacKenzie’s Luxury Fibers DVD set. The key is enough twist for short fiber, but not as much as slippery short fiber twist. The cashmere clings quite nicely to itself, and the top preparation helps by organizing the fibers and culling the super short fibers for you.
I spun supported long draw and the yarn and swatch were soft and so light. Yes, I could cover my entire body in cashmere and be happy.
Two fun facts about Cashmere from The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook:
- Cashmere is not a type of goat but the downy undercoat that most goats produce.
- How short is short? Staple length ranges in the 1.25-1.75 inch range.
In honor of my birthday week, I have a gift pack for one of you lucky spinners!
AÂ copy of Deb Robsonâ€™s new book, The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, retail $35.Â Thank you to Storey Publishing for the donation.
A copy of Deb Robsonâ€™s DVD set, Handspinning Rare Wools, retail $34.95. Thank you to Interweave Press for the donation.
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.
The usual rules apply. Leave a comment before midnight on Wednesday June 8,2011. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If he or she answers correctly they will our prize package.