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All the fiber

For Christmas this year I got LOTS of fiber*. If I did the math correctly I added 8 1/2 lbs of raw fiber to the stash, as well as an unknown amount of unset cashmere mill ends.

Among the things I got was a sample pack of 24 different wools, from different breeds of sheep, 1 oz of each:

California Variegated Mutant (CVM)
Cheviot
Cormo
Corriedale
Devon
Dorset Horn
Finnish
Gotland
Herdwick
Icelandic
Jacob
Lincoln
Manx Loaghtan
Masham
Norwegian
Polwarth
Shetland
Southdown
Suffolk
Swaledale
Teeswater
Texel
Welsh
Wensleydale

Some of them are visually interesting (the Welsh has some very short, very thick, fibers in the mix, they seem brittle.  I can’t tell if they will disappear, or make a stiff sort of halo).  So I’ll be do doing some research on how to best spin them (perhaps I will finally get The Field Guide to Fleece and Fiber).  I’m looking forward to spinning them up, because they will be quick spins (yay for instant gratification) as well as being a chance to play with different fibers.  (I also got some quivut, I’m not going to be spinning that anytime soon, as I want to get some more, and be able to spin up enough to make into something.  I suspect I am going to have that something be a scarf, and I’m going to keep it for myself)

What they won’t be is all that useful as yarn.  They are great as a study aid/familiarisation project for me, but I don’t know they will be all that great as a knitting crochet project.  But, if any one wants to have an .oz of something new to play with, on the relatively cheap; perhaps to decide on getting some yarn made to order, I’m figuring to offer it for $15 a skein, postage included, for a 2-ply woolen, spun for knitting (some, like the Wensleydale, will be fairly fine; I can see the staple will like that; others (e.g. the Welsh, will be spun as best I can manage to the general recommendations of my research).

If you have a hankering to try one, and want it spun in some more specific way (really fine, 3-ply, spun for chrochet, etc), let me know, and I’ll spin it that way for you.

I’ll try to remember to write up the interesting ones, and may even do some youtubing.  With all of that, (and the extant stash, and the share of lopi being delivered in April) I need to spin about 1 lb. a month to reduce my stash to the level I was at on 23. Dec, by the end of 2014.  That doesn’t include the mill ends (though I already have one project in mind for them).

Among the other things I got was some really nice black alpaca (suri), mixed 80/20 with purple silk (I can’t tell if the alpaca has been dyed at all, it might have been).  The color is superb, and it’s a joy to spin, so right now I have done about 1.5 oz. of my needed 192.

I’ve got a video of it being spun out:

*the small bit of fluff I’m cuddling to my cheek, is Quivut)

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