Monday, January 4, 2016

Need a Break

I've been dealing with high blood pressure due to asthma medication lately and as a result I am fighting daily headaches. Until my doctor and I can get it under control I am taking a break from blogging.  I will be back as soon as I feel better.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Worsted Yarn From Wool Combs

Decided to go ahead and comb another little bit of fiber before putting the locks into soak for conditioning. Spun a little from combed top drawn off with a diz as well as directly from the combs.

Loading the comb.
Combed locks.

Starting fiber thru the diz.

Drawing off combed top for spinning.

Worsted spinning from combed top.

Worsted spinning directly from the comb.

Fingering weight singles yarn.

Wool combs and diz.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Fiber Prep

I was looking for something in my cluttered studio room and spied my wool combs. Then I found a bag of gorgeous, scoured brown wool locks....forgot what breed of wool it is....and decided to do a bit of combing to see if I remember how.

It is a fairly fine wool and combs up beautifully except for a teensy bit of static. I have never actually heated the tines of the combs as some people do but I think the process would be improved if I gave the rest of the wool a soak in conditioner and let it dry before attempting to comb the rest of it. There is a small coil of combed wool laying beside the second comb that I pulled off without a diz. Need to go find the diz for the next time I do some combing. Glad I sat down and did a sample before committing time to processing the whole bag of fiber. It's always more enjoyable when I know what to expect from the way my fiber will behave before digging in!