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Finally: Spinning!

May 16, 2011 Leave a comment

I finally met up with the spinning and weaving guild for my county yesterday, and it was so amazing!  It was hosted at an alpaca farm that was having an open house. Well, the open house part was canceled due to the weather but we could still go check out the shearing. Warning: alpaca’s tend to barf when stressed, yuck! But the guys shearing were amazing and one tried to fool us into thinking he never spun before when he took over Lynn’s wheel!

The night before, I made a small spindle that’s not too terrible from a dowel rod and a wooden toy wheel. My spindle is a bit light until you get some fiber on it, so I could put a washer on the top to help weigh it down a bit to start. But for my first attempt, I did park and draft so I wasn’t trying to do too many things at once. That’s where you spin the spindle a lot to get the twist, then “park” it by placing it between your legs or something to hold it while you move the twist up the fiber while drafting. I was using alpaca combed straight off the critter so it wasn’t all in the same direction so I’m hoping some proper roving will help matters. Of course it’s thin and thick in places but it’s not as horrible as I’d imagined!

I think the best part was seeing my friend’s mom again after all these years, aka my other mother. Somehow, I’d forgotten she was into spinning, knitting and basket weaving (which we’re doing next month!).  Lynn’s talking about making me a niddy noddy so I can ply since I don’t have anything, so hopefully I’ll have enough by next Sunday to worry about that. The guild meets up once a month but she says to come on by next Sunday night and she’ll give me some fiber and such, which is so kind of her! And Bonnie gave me the alpaca to learn on, I mean this is just a great bunch of ladies and I’m so glad to have found them! That and I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who vultures over estate sales looking for stuff hah!

The only downside was all the standing and activity I did flared up my pain pretty bad later that night, but future meetings shouldn’t be that intense since they’re normally not like that. I’ll update with pictures here shortly!

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Spinning Cat Hair?!?!

April 26, 2011 2 comments

Oh the things I find on ravelry! I was browsing the Test knit group to see if there were any projects I might like to adopt, checked someones profile to see if a pattern was published and saw they are a member of a group on spinning pet hair. I was like *double takes* WHAT?! and of course had to check it out. Then it all clicked and now I’m dreaming of spinning my damn cat. I love weird things, exotic catgora yarns would fall into that category haha!

But if you really think about it, mats are just felted spots of cat fur, so all that fiber, err fur, is going to waste just shedding off of them all over our things. It’s really time they gave back a bit more than the occasional head butt 😉 There’s even a lady who’s making money spinning people’s pets fur, here, http://www.spinningstrawintogold.com

My mother still has a small amount of brushed fur from her favorite Kitty. I guess it’s more common than I thought. So now I’m sitting here wondering if I could make $ from going to various groomers and asking them to keep long haired cat trimmings. They’re just throwing them out anyway, right?! *snickers*

Categories: Spinning, Weird