21 June 2013

Rolling Rolags and Woollen Spuns

Happy Fibre Arts Friday! My sincere apologies for those of you who came to visit last Friday and found the house empty, I was very disorganised last week and by the time I realised I hadn't done a post it was too late... but, evidently I'm back this week :D

I found some dye-job-gone-wrong merino tops in my stash, it was all matted and the colour was very "meh!". There was also some dyed alpaca wool I wasn't sure what to do with, they really didn't look pretty:
So I got busy and made rolags with my hand carders, roughly 3 parts of merino and 1 part of alpaca:
Now that looks much better! I'm in a woollen spinning phase at the moment as I find this technique challenging and yet satisfying at the same time. Challenging because I still have not mastered it and that frustrates me, satisfying because it's fast, I can fill a bobbin in 2 evenings.
I've also been using tops to practice woollen spun spinning from the fold, and I really really like it. This one is a merino/bamboo/alpaca blend:
... and this one is a merino/silk blend, I do find this blend posed some challenge as the silk fibre is quite long which sometimes caused the merino (the shorter fibre) to be left behind. But overall it wasn't too bad:
All these skeins are going to Bengido, my tally stands at 16 skeins, four more to go and four weeks left, think I can manage :)

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  1. Your yarns are gorgeous and look like you have that technique down.

  2. Such yummy yarn, all of it! One of my challenges I've set for myself for Tour de Fleece this year is to at least try spinning from the fold, and maybe get more practice at long draw (well, long draw from a batt, anyway), too.

  3. Ok, the re-carded and spun yumminess at the top, just fantabulous!!!!! You're going to be giving some amazingly wonderful skeins to your friend for Bendigo - you'll definitely need to keep us informed in terms of sales, although I bet it'll all sell out.

  4. I love the color variation and depth of the merino/bamboo/alpaca yarn. The silk adds such a nice sheen to the yarn, even tho it's harder to work with (isn't that the truth with many things in life!) I hope you'll get to work in the booth at Bengido, so people can meet the creator of the yarn that they purchase.