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Spinning cashmere 
7th-Jan-2013 08:42 pm
Tonight's single-ply spinning is brought to you by Majacraft, Springtide Cashmere, and the 2008 New York Sheep and Wool Festival.

Yes, I have a bit of a stash of exotics that I really should work through, even before I count my yummy Christmas sampler present. And yes, it is way different to spin than mohair. Little! Tiny! Fuzzy! Fibers! Because I just finished a ton of mohair, I wanted a break. Because Achaosofkittens just gave me some gorgeous exotics, I decided to dig through my stash for some of the older matching fibers to do my practice runs.

The next challenge is, of course, what to do for the ply. Do I ply it back on itself, or do I make the second ply something coordinating or something contrasting? For coordinating, I think I still have some kid Alys around here somewhere. For contrast, I could keep spinning more exotics. I have camel (darker brown) or yak (grayish brown)...
8th-Jan-2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
Pretty. I always like how yarn looks on the bobbin. So neat. Order out of chaos.
9th-Jan-2013 02:28 am (UTC)
Yes! It's useful stuff out of ... lint?...
9th-Jan-2013 01:33 am (UTC)
Have you heard of Orenburg Lace shawls? They use goat down, even finer than cashmere, and spin on a supported spindle. They then ply with two strands of silk. Many use 120/2 - 40/2, but I've also heard of using silk quilting thread. Might be an option, depending on how fine gague your singles are. They look lovely!
9th-Jan-2013 02:28 am (UTC)
I had heard of them, but didn't realize that was how the yarn was made. Interesting thoughts...
9th-Jan-2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yup! When I got into supported spindling, the Orenburg tradition was one of the first I came across. Fascinating stuff!
9th-Jan-2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I got my yarn back from the mill a few days ago, so let me know when yours comes up and I'll get it out to you!
9th-Jan-2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you. So far, they lost my payment back in October, and I haven't heard from them again since we got that straightened out.

I'm really looking forward to seeing the final product. Kid mohair and matching alpaca! Mmmmm colored fluffy softness!
9th-Jan-2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
They told me turnaround was about 6 months, so when that hit, I called just to check up and see how everything was looking. They said I was pretty close to the front of the line, and I got an email w/invoice a week later. So a lack of communication doesn't seem to be uncommon. They're less than two years old, tho, andthe most employees I've seen was four.

That sounds so amazing and fluffy! I wonder why you don't see that combination. It seems like a winner!
9th-Jan-2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
The two reasons why people probably don't see mohair/alpaca as a combination much are 1) it's hell to make on a commercial carder because the fibers are so disparate, and 2) there is nothing elastic in that blend. It's just going to grow and grow and grow as it gets washed and worn.
9th-Jan-2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
I figured about the lack of elasticity, but didn't think about the disparity. Duh!
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