Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Spinning in the grease - how to make wool!
I thought you might be interested to see it from start to finish - never amazes me that I can now make my own wool!
As you probably know, I have an - err, abundance of fleeces at the moment! The problem this time of year is washing and drying them; there's no chance of drying them outdoors, so I had a go at spinning in the grease for the first time. This is where you take from the fleece directly, card and spin it without washing it first. first picture is the fleece I was using - three of teh most recent fleeces were sorted, and I had enough to only need to use the very best of them. The carders are on top, not my own ones, but some borrowed ones, finer than mine. My own ones are awaiting repair just now.
Next picture is of a rolag, over the wheel. This is the result of rolling the carded wool off the carders - straightens the fibres and aligns them for ease of spinning. Third picture is of the filled bobbins - about 3 hours work there; following on is them on the Lazy Kate - this holds the bobbins from which you take the yarn for plying together, using the wheel. An S twist is inserted into the wool as it is spun, then two S twisted yarns are plied together in the opposite direction, inserting a Z twist, to form a knitting wool. The last photo is the finished skeins weighing 100grams in total. The wool at this stage is very greasy, bit smelly and dirty, some bits of hay, straw, bramble, etc included. The skeins were then washed in hot water with a squirt of Ecover, left to steep for about half an hour, washed, then rinsed. They are drying now, up on the pulley above the Rayburn, and should be ready to roll into balls tonight I hope. The change in the skeins once washed and dried is amazing, and I'm really looking forward to knitting it up - not sure what into yet, though.
Posted by MrsL at 13:57