Today was a busy one for me so I wasn’t able to spin near the amount that I would like to have done. Most of my morning was in just about every store buying food for a house full of teenagers. Needless to say when I got home I needed a bit of a rest. But this evening I was able to finally sit down and get a bit of spinning done. I will admit I was looking forward to today’s samples. I have never seen let alone herd of Karakul and I would have to say BFL is one, in not my go to fiber to spin.
But before I get to the samples as promised I will share with you a picture of my solar dyeing. I am pretty pleased with how they both came out. The skein of yarn is a wool/bamboo/nylon blend. I really wish the picture captured the sheen that is in this yarn. Its very denim blue and I know it will make great socks at some point. Second the roving, I normally don’t get a nice grey in my dyeing but I think this one works well with the light teal. The bump is 8 ounces so I am thinking it would make a great shawl.
Now on to my samples.
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I first saw and touched this fiber. It really is more of a hair than a down. I know I was thinking it would be hard to process and spin because the staple length was over 10 inches long. I decided to forgo trying to card it so I got my flicker brush out and tried that but it wasn’t all that successful either. What I ended up doing was combing it with my flicker. By combing I found it to be very easy to open the fibers and spin from there. I also did something a bit different from my normal; I spun it from the fold. As you can see the sample (two toned cream and brown) doesn’t look all that soft but surprisingly it really is wearable. I really enjoyed spinning this sample. I’m not sure yet what I would like to make with it, but if and when I find a fleece I know I will think of something. On the scale of 1 to 10 I would say this is a 7.
Bluefaced Leicester (BFL)
Like I said before I love to BFL. It really is one of my go to fibers to spin. I love the staple length and the sheen, it takes dye beautifully and it’s just fun to spin. This fiber sample again wasn’t the best I have come across, but I still forged on by carding and spinning the sample. I really don’t think this was a full ounce sample I would say it’s more like ½ ounce. The locks were very tightly held together more like ringlets and there were lots of broken tips that I had to remove before the carding and spinning started. Having said that it wasn’t all that hard to card and spin. On my scale of 1 to 10 BFL is a 10. If you haven’t spun it before give it a try trust me you’ll love it.
Tomorrow I will work with Border Leicester and English Leicester and here is a sneak peek of what I will be spinning.