A few years ago, I was handed a sample of a luxury blend to spin. It was Merino-Muga silk, Yak down, and while I am not sure of the proportions, I am sure it was lovely, so I bought a couple ounces of it.
For any readers that know of no such spinning nonsense, it is easiest to spin blended fibers of similar length. Merino is fairly common and is usually in the neighborhood of 3-4 inches long. Silk can be very long, in excess of 6 inches.
Yak down is something longer than dryer lint. Really. The blend was delightful in that it accommodated all these variants in a very uniform manner.
Then, I decided to dye it. I really like how the colors came out, and I left it to dry, then put it away. This was all a couple of years ago.
Fast forward to yesterday, when I went to the Yarnorama First Saturday Spin-in. The fiber was still enticing from the color standpoint, but as I started too spin in, I realized it was slightly felted from the dye pot. Still usable, but something less than relaxing to spin. In discussing this with my people, I decided it might be beneficial to run the second half through the drum carder to loosen it up a little. This is where the good idea comes in.
So I just did that and one pass through might have been perfect. The second pass is where the not the best solution part comes in. The Yak down, for the most part, separated.
We’re calling this yarn experimental, and I thin experimental yarns will be deserving a nice discount…
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