Some stuff showed up in my mail box. I wonder how that happened? 🙂
As a newbie spinner, I have been enjoying trying different fibers. Some folks may think that wool is wool, but that just ain’t the case. Different breeds of sheep produce very different types of wool with many different qualities that suit many different uses. It’s a lot of fun to try spinning different kinds of wool. I’ve spun Peruvian Highland wool, a mohair-Shetland blend (mohair comes from goats), Corriedale, Blue-Faced Leicester, and Polwarth.
I shared with you in an earlier post this picture of the Polwarth fiber I purchased from Sunset Fibers on Etsy. The colorway is Blue Lagoon.
I spun the fiber,
then plied it from a plying ball. After skeining and washing and drying, I ended up with 100g/446 yards of lovely 2-ply yarn that is destined to become a pair of socks.
The fiber is combed top, which is a commercial wool preparation that is used for fiber that is going to be mill spun and it is well suited to handspinning. But when the fiber is dyed, it tends to mat a bit and can sometimes be a little difficult to draft. The hand-dyed fiber from Sunset Fibers is pin drafted after dyeing, and the pin drafting loosens up the fiber so that it drafts easily and doesn’t need any pre-drafting. Polwarth isn’t quite as soft a BFL, but it still feels very nice against the skin. It isn’t at all scratchy. There is definitely more Polwarth yarn in my future.
I have to admit that I’m partial to the color blue. Both of my current spinning projects involve blue fiber.
Half of the turquoise Corriedale fiber is spun. Doesn’t the cop look lovely on the Kundert spindle?
And I’ve got a nice start on the Wool of the Andes Sapphire Heather. I love how the roving shimmers.
And look what I received in the mail today.
The fiber is Polwarth from Sunset Fibers in the Blue Lagoon color way. Yes, more blue yarn!
The spindles are Schacht Hi-Lo spindles. I bought them from The Woolery in Frankfort, Kentucky, which is where I purchased my Kundert spindle and the turquoise Corriedale. The big Schacht is the 3-inch model that weighs 68 grams; the small one is the 2.5-inch model that weighs 33 grams. The Hi-Lo is designed to be used as both a high-whorl and a low-whorl spindle, which makes them versatile.
As you have already guessed, I’m dying to give the new spindles a whirl. I think I’ll spin up the rest of the Corriedale on the small Schacht using it as a low whorl and see how it compares to the Kundert. It’s so much fun to be a spindler!