Spinning Fur

Last week was a tough one. Long and tiring. That’s why I’m so pathetically behind on this update. By the time I hit last Saturday I was ready to chill. Really chill. Chill to the point of not having the oomph to pump the treadle up and down. So, I sat on my bed with two or three big glasses of ice water and enjoyed a great book. At least, that was the idea.

I’d been trying to do some fiber-related something every day so I’d have lots of interesting things to blog about, and that afternoon I wound up pulling out the Aussie Fur. That stuff was incredible.

I didn’t even have to card it. I just grabbed a handful of fur, loosened it up a bit, and spun from the fluff. (Is that what is technically called a “cloud” of fiber?) DSCN9520
The fur took a large amount of twist and I could spin it thick or very, very thin. And the weird thing was that it behaved like alpaca! I mean, really? Farm dog hair acting like very expensive fiber? How cool is that! In short, I had a grand time with it on the Walking Wheel. The final yarn had a gorgeous halo that was softer than I’d expected. My only regret is that I put a little too much twist in the singles, so the yarn is a dense one, not the smooshy-lofty kind that normally goes with fuzzy.

If you do try to spin Aussie fur, keep in mind that it doesn’t pay to overreact to anything that messes up. You’ll make the yarn snap or drop the fiber or get big ole globs of un-spun puffs. (There has to be some technical term for that last, but it’s not coming to mind right now.) I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, although keeping it to feel every so often has come to mind. Maybe I should crochet it into a tiny dog.

On the Etsy frontier we are moving forward! I hope to get things going in the next week or so, so stay tuned.

One Response to Spinning Fur
  1. Legossi
    June 14, 2009 | 10:46 pm

    There’s a lot more where that came from. I’m glad it worked well. =)

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