My journey into the world of weaving

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Spinning in the raw – still but

Figuring out how to do it smoothly without too much prep work.

Here is the Romney fleece in the bag:
Romney Fleece

And here it is slightly combed, combed at least enough to get the worst tangles and clumps out:
Combed fleece

And here it is on the bobbin! Hard to see what it looks like but I do see the “lavender tint” that was the selling point for me!
On the bobbin

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Spinning away!

I have finished the singles on this particular roving and am now plying.

Once done, then I will begin to spin the romney fleece in the raw! I bought this fleece with my cousin Donna – we split it – from the Commonground Fair. She had actually been looking at white fleeces and then this one caught my eye – “lavender tint” it said on the bag! It was beautiful and fairly clean. Perfect to spin in the raw as we had just seen some spinners doing at the Fair.

So I will begin this in the next few days! Donna, have you started spinning yours yet?

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Scarf update and more

I am more than halfway through the weaving of the second scarf. I love the different subtle color variations of the homespun. I should be finishing this scarf soon.

So of course the next project is ready for the warping board. Yes, another set of scarves. The warp is black Deerfield Valley yarn (80% alpaca; 20% silk). The weft is more handspun – a green blue variated. I think I’ll weave plain weave again. Can’t have too many scarves, right?

(Added note: I had considerable loom waste with this set of scarves so I am shortening the warp length for the next set!)

I am spinning right along with the wool from the Fair. It has some alpaca in it because of the luster and softness. I have to admit, I love the Louet’s ease in treadling and speed. It took me a bit to get reacquainted after the slow measured treadling of the Beauty.

I may not be posting a lot these days but I am still deep into fiber! My sister and I are waiting very impatiently for our alpaca fleece from the Fiber Revival to be returned to us cleaned and ready to spin. I’m not sure what or why the delay but we’re going on almost 2 months.

And I can’t believe it’s November!

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Finishing the cleaning of the fleece

This morning, I am washing the last of the fleece. This has taken quite a while!

I have carded a bunch into rolags. My rolags are short and squat. I am rolling them with the short length of what I have carded.

I spun up a bobbin of the fiber and last night, I plied with another fiber. I’ll wash that today and see how it looks. Plying on the Beauty went easily actually. She is still slow and she peddles harder than the Louet. It takes more effort.

I have a few days off and my attention will turn toward my weaving. I have finished 4 facecloths. I think I may have two more to go.

I also need to think about what goes on the loom next! It would be easy to do another set of scarves. But maybe I want to do something a little different. I have to work on that in the next couple of days.

So hurrah for time off!