Less Flax, Please

Well. Let me put it this way. I thought I would never find a fiber I didn’t enjoy working with. This last week, I was proven wrong.

Flax on the Wheel

Flax on the Wheel


Of all the (few) fiber kinds I’ve worked with in my (short) spinning life, this is the only one that has failed to inspire me on the wheel. The stuff feels like dental floss, for crying out loud. Not to mention it makes my fingers feel funny.

Now, I’m not saying it’s the worst fiber ever, and I love the idea of spinning fibers right out of a plant, but I’m glad I only ordered four ounces. It drafts in a very different way from wool, and it’s going to take a ton of twist. And I mean a ton. Right now it has just as much twist as I normally give wool, but it won’t double back on itself at all! Maybe I spun it too thin. Anyway, I’ve reeled the little bit I spun off the wheel so it can dry, then I guess I’ll run it back through with way more twist, and carry on from there.

Of course, my short attention span with the flax could be caused by having this gorgeous stuff on the Walking Wheel.

Alpaca Single

Alpaca Single

And this even more gorgeous stuff off the wheel. It’s so soft and squishy! I’m curious how washing will effect the finished yarn. At the moment it’s still slightly greasy and dusty. Not that that’s hindered the overall appeal. I love it, I love it, I love it.

Nearly Finished Yarn

Nearly Finished Yarn

One Response to Less Flax, Please
  1. outandin
    April 9, 2009 | 3:39 pm

    I can well imagine that flax would not be as fun to work with as wool and especially not as fun as alpaca. Alpaca is so soft and silky and linen is so . . . not. I think a big part of the appeal of any fiber art is the tactile aspect of it, and linen just isn’t as yummy to touch as, say, angora.

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