Sunday, March 15, 2009

Alpaca Handspun

I finally finished spinning the alpaca fibre that was on my spindle. For the second half of the roving, I tried my new spindle. It was awesome. What a difference a well balance, sturdy spindle makes. I can get thinner, more uniform yarn and faster too! Also, there is less tendency to overspin.

I decided to leave it single ply. So, here it is, approx 345 meters. It felted slightly during the soak, which says something for our weather, I guess, as I was using normal tap water.
After finishing this, I could not stop spinning and and tried some of the new roving that came with the spindle. It drafts and spins so smoothly, it is really fun.

3 comments :

  1. It should felt during a soak, especially if it is a single. It makes it stronger. I often actually attempt to make that happen after a soaking, by whacking it on something until it felts somewhat. Felting it purposely also sets your twist and makes the yarn more even. Felting is a good thing in spinning!

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  2. I love the yarn!

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  3. Lovely, and alpaca is such fun at all stages. It's really beautiful. Do you have enough to make something nice?

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