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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Spinning Fine

It has been a long time since I spun anything fine. For that matter, it's been a long time since I spun anything worsted too! In order to spin true worsted, you have to start with combed top. The fiber I'm spinning probably did begin it's life as combed top. When you dye top though, you rearrange the fiber direction a bit (there's no way you can avoid this - just moving it in and out of the dye bath, let alone the soaking, rinsing and washing process will rearrange a perfectly prepared top). This is why what I'm spinning is really a semi-worsted yarn - I'm using worsted spinning techniques, but the fiber isn't perfectly aligned in the first place. I am loving the way the silk in the blend is catching the light and shining and I know this will make a wonderful finished yarn.

I'm off to spin more! I'll give an update on Pattern 15 tomorrow since I haven't shown you how it looks yet this week.



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