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Spinning overview

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.

First different breeds of sheep:
six different samples of handspun wool yarns.

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
Falkland 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”:

samples of handspun yarn, not only sheep wool

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.

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Spinning

I dived into spinning this summer and (again) forgot about blogging that.

I learned spinning (with a spindle) a few years ago from a friend, produced a bit of yarn, was happy and moved on to other hobbies. Then this summer (at the end of June) a friend told me about the “Tour de Fleece”, a contest (of some sort) on ravelry where you spin yarn every day the Tour de France races. That started at the same day a rather long period of holiday (or similar free time) started for me and I was hooked.

When starting spinning at the end of June I found out that I forgot nearly everything that I learned and had to start nearly from scratch. I think it wouldn’t have been (much) harder if I only had seen videos of other people spinning and not tried it myself.

During the Tour I learned about many spinning related things that I didn’t know before, some of them I wouldn’t have thought about if I hadn’t participated in the Tour. At the end of July I had some finished wool yarn that I want to share with you:

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In the front left corner are the two strands of yarn that were my first tries. All yarn in skeins is spun, plied and washed. The bit on the toilet paper roll and the bit on the spindle (right part of the picture) is just spun.

The picture shows the status of my spinning progress after the three weeks of the Tour de Fleece. But I spun some more afterwards, just don’t have photos of that.