Spinning Leicester Longwool
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.
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.
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.
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…