It seems like forever since I did the last post here, sorry.
Here are some photos I took today, showing much of the spinning progress I did last year (and this year). All yarns were made out of approx. 25 grams of (undyed) fiber, spun on the same spindle and spun as thin as I could (too thin was when the thread broke). The yarns are 2 ply and all had a bath in warm water at the end.
left column top: Coburger Fuchsschaf, a breed from Bavaria with reddish-blonde hair
left bottom: Merino (I think it’s Australian)
The other columns from left to right:
Eiderwolle (wool from sheep living in Northern Germany, grazing on the dikes)
New Zealand wool
BFL (Bluefaced Leicester, it’s called “white” BFL)
Even though all these fibers are somehow white(-ish), except for the Coburger sheep, the yarns aren’t really white, but their colors are somewhere between white and ivory. For me this is fascinating and one of the reasons why I love spinning undyed wool from different sheep.
Next up some “luxury fibers”:
From left to right:
Cashmere (still in progress, therefore you get the spindle with a bit of single yarn on it)
Merino/Alpaca/Mulberry silk/Baby camel (a blend of I think even portions of all fibers)
Baby camel/Merino (a blend, I think even parts of both fibers)
Alpaca (combed, dark grey)
Shetland wool/Tussah silk (a blend of I think even parts of both fibers)
Everything with Camel fibers in it took on a brown-ish color. I have to admit I love the caramel color of the Camel/Merino mix, and the fibers looked even more like coffee with much milk.
After all the white-ish sheep it was fun to get the black shetland wool mixed with the silk.
(if it wasn’t clear: the photos are cropped, in real life the skeins of yarn have only two ends.