Colourful llama

I was tempted to write “Lamia” here (my cat’s name 🙂 ).

I shyly cooked in a pot half of my llama wool supplies which was 50 grams. I was too fearful to risk whole lot that I have – the fiber is one of those luxury ones and in luxurious price as well, so.. everything is be clear now i suppose 😉 Fortunately altogether with its price come sensory experiences – the fiber was subjected to proces of removing thicker hair so what landed in my hands is like.. afterheader almost 🙂 The roving was more than soft (20 microns!) with a subtle shine and slightly slippery. I was a bit affraid of losing these properties during dyeing which always felts the wool a bit. Fortunately none of these happened 😀

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Dyeing my Shetland in a pot

Since this is my first entry where I’m going to show dyed top, I will try to put here a concise instruction on a dyeing method I know from Monika Kołątaj from our Spinners’ Club (link to her blog is here). To be exact I will add that I used Jacquard acid dyes.

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Gray Corriedale as known as Gandalf’s beard

Another beautiful yarn is ready! This time I took a closer look at gray fleece of corriedale sheep – the oldest of all the crossbred breeds. Developed simultaneously in Australia and New Zealand at the end of XIX century as a crosbreed of lincoln or leicester rams and merino ewes and improved later on, corriedale turned out to be so attractive that today they’re the second most significant breed in the world after Merinos. They’re distributed mainly  in the southern hemisphere – Australia, Patagonia, Uruguay, the Falkland Islands and Middle-earth .. I mean – New Zealand! Plus USA of course 😉 This is the northern hemisphere, yet still i’ll consider them to be the southern sheep 🙂

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Opposing ply yarn

Thanks to girls from Spinner’s Club and their advice I decided to create my first opposing ply yarn dedicated for socks.

Its structure:
The yarn consists of 3 singles spun in opposite directions – two of them S spun and one Z spun. At the end I combined all of them by twisting them together in the “outstanding” direction which was Z in my case. This resulted in two things: S spun singles relaxed ans sort of popped out, while Z spun one recived additional twist which made it hold the whole yarn tighter. The aim of spinning the yarn this way is to enhance what socks need – strenght and durability.

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