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6. July 2009 18:51
by Jobo

Finished... Camel / Tussah Silk Blend yarn

6. July 2009 18:51 by Jobo | 1 Comments

As part of my adventure participating in my first Tour de Fleece one of my goals was to finish spinning this: 

A deliciously soft and creamy 50 : 50 Blend of Tussah Silk and Camel!

I had picked this up while Honeymooning in New Brunswick the end of June, and simply could not wait to dig in... so I worked my way through it a little bit at a time (literally a handful here and there) and to be honest I'm a little sad that it's all spun up... 4 ounces was definetly not enough he he...

Here are the finished Stats:

I managed to spin up 2 x 2 ounce bobbins of singles about as thin and even as I ever have.  The silk really added a lot of strength to the fluffy camel down and really allowed me to go thinner than I'm used to.  Even though the single was fine, it felt solid and strong.  

Then I plied the two strands together.  I thought for sure that I would be able to fit the whole thing on one bobbin - I must have been crazy!  I probably got 3/4 of the fiber on the bobbin, but in the end had to give in and start a new one.  I hate tying in ends, so that was my main reason for the bobbin gluttony and trying to squeeze an excess on there in the first place.  I guess this is all the more motivation for me to go and order that lace kit and the jumbo bobbins for my Traveller... sigh.  I'd love to have those items but was trying to hold off as long as possible because of the cost associated.

thats a freaking full bobbin... and I still put a bunch more on there before I gave up and started a second!

From there I took a moment to breathe (as one wise raveller put it:  "was the rest for the singles? or for you?") and used my new fangled handy-dandy homemade WPI gauge to measure my yarn - averaging approximately 23-24 WPI.  I also counted the wraps on my niddy noddy while skeining to get an idea at yardage.  I know my NN gives about 5 feet per wrap, had 330 wraps - approximately 1600 feet or 550 yards of yarn.  So this places my yarn at a lace weight, and I think I have enough to make a really nice scarf or something.  

thats one big fatty of a skein!

The feel of this yarn is out of this world!  It's silky and smooth, but light also.  The camel gave it lots of squish and bounce, but still feels like silk too.  I think this will be really fun to work with.  I'm half thinking of waiting to use this until I have designed something decent and original of my own... since it would be a shame to waste this on any old mundane thing.  I will have to keep hunting for the perfect pattern in the mean time...  Anyone have any suggestions?

a close up (yarn pr0n! gotta love it)

and starting tomorrow to continue the Tour de Fleece... I plan on doing some carding.  I have a bunch of blendables that I think should be in a batt together:

     White Superfine Merino

     Cream Soy Silk

     Snow White Bamboo Fiber

     White and Fawn Angora

Happy Spinning everyone :)


1. July 2009 09:11
by Jobo

What do you get when you cross a......

1. July 2009 09:11 by Jobo | 1 Comments



Surprisingly enough... when you mix camel fiber and silk you get an awesome, airy, light as a feather, soft, almost like gossamer hair Fiber!

When I asked my Dad what he thought it was... he wasn't so sure.  Didn't think it was wool... but it was so much like "hair" and was so smooth and soft.  Well I was surprised too at just how soft and airy it was.

I bought 4 ounces of this on my latest trip to London Wul - mostly because I liked the soft gold/beige colour, but also because I had been specifically looking for some sort of silk blend to make some true laceweight yarn.  I had never really even considered camel at this point.  About all I knew of camels is that they have 2 humps... and 2 coats - down and guard hairs that have to be removed.  Apparently down can be really fine and soft (bigtime apparently)

So I set out on the Spinning (glass of awesome Strawberry Wine in hand that was leftover from the other night's Beer Can Chicken Experiment - Yum!) and what a dream to work with!  This stuff wants to spin thin and strong, so I think it will be perfect for my purpose.  No Slubs or tangles.  Silky and smooth, but not too slippery or too grabby.  I could buy a bathtub full of this stuff and just roll around in it!  

I have one 2 oz bobbin finished now.  I wish the camera would catch all of the luster and shine of this fiber... and it is so light that in the breeze from, the window... one of the drafted pieces Sitting next to me was gently picked up and blew away across the room! Blew away!  in a draft from the window!

I am working on the second bobbin... and thought I should take some pics of the fiber before it is all wrapped up into yarn.  My singles are lustrous and strong.  This will make a beautiful yarn... with all the strength and shine of the silk, but the bounce and squish of wool.  Who knew I'd like this as much?  I think I've been smitten by the silk worm.  I might, erm, have gone out and ordered some more tussah too.  Sorry pocketbook.

Closeup of the fiber and bobbin - I think this shows some of the golden gossamer hair qualities of the fiber.  It's like spinning sunshine!


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