• Spinning Leicester Longwool

    Posted on 7th March 2016 by Shelley in Spinning Weaving Fibre.

    Spinning Leicester Longwool 

    See how fuzzy it is

    See how fuzzy it is

     

    I don’t know if it’s because of the Mohair or it’s something that the longwool does, but when I wound it round the niddy noddy from the bobbin it was already trying to stick to itself because it was lovely and fuzzy.  I might not even need to felt it when it’s done…  I deliberately didn’t use any Mohair in the honey coloured batt, so I could have a smoother yarn for certain parts of the design, it will be interesting when I go to spin and wash that to see if it’s as fuzzy.

    Navy Leicester/Mohair skein

    Navy Leicester/Mohair skein

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I am so amazed at how much nicer to spin this longwool was carded, rather than combed.  It is lovely and really enjoyable.  I decided on a semi-worsted short forward draw for this, to try and get a nice long smooth yarn.   It will be interesting to see how much it puffs up in the wash.

     

     

    Pink on my Aura

    Pink on my Aura

     

     

     

     

     

    I have the navy and green washed and skeined now, and it looks so glossy with a lovely halo and never puffed  much at all.  So I have come to the conclusion, that putting it through the carder all in one direction and then spinning it semi-worsted can give a really nice quite smooth surface.        

    My 3 finished skeins

    My 3 finished skeins

     

     

     

     

    This is Lola as usual trying to get in on the act.  She like’s to inspect everything I do. 

    She especially likes to tension my yarn when knitting with it…        

    Lola Inspecting my skeins

    Lola Inspecting my skeins

                                                                                                       

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