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9. July 2009 19:57
by Jobo

Sigh.... Mo Mohair, Mo Problems...

9. July 2009 19:57 by Jobo | 2 Comments

I was having fun working along with my latest spinning project... the Mystery Mohair  when ANOTHER mystery popped up

Sigh.  I am broken out in a delightful red bumpy ITCHY rash all over one side of my face from my forehead, around my eye, ear, down my neck.  

I haven't eaten anything new or really had contact with anything new except this mystery wool I have been spinning.  In the past I have worked with Mohair commercial yarn, but that was a blend (so only a percentage was actually Mohair) and it would have only touched my hands probably.  I made a scarf and then gave it away.  makes me wonder if I would have had a reaction if I wore it?

Also makes me wonder if this mystery stuff really is Mohair?  or Poison Ivy in disguise?  Common sense says no, but the Rash says otherwise ;)

So I guess I have to put this project to bed for a while... at least until I'm not puffy or red or annoyed anymore.  

I have been knitting though... and will post more about those projects later on this week.


Fun Facts about MOHAIR:

* Hair-like fiber that comes from the Angora Goat

* Does not felt like other wools

* Locks are long, lustrous, smooth, strong, durable and resilient

* adding mohair to your  mix is supposed to add softness and luster to the finished product



7. July 2009 21:20
by Jobo

Mystery: the hair of a hundred Mo's...

7. July 2009 21:20 by Jobo | 0 Comments

When I bought my Drum Carder (from a lady in Nova Scotia over Kijiji!)  It came with a bag of mystery fiber... which she thinks is Mohair

This stuff has been sitting in my stash for months now in a plastic bag... and I haven't touched it really.  What better challenge for the Tour de Fleece!?  than to challenge myself to use this up.

Honestly, I didn't think I liked Mohair.  Most of the yarn I've touched that was made of mohair was too scratchy for me.  This stuff feels like HAIR.  (might be softer than my own hair after being frizzed around in a strong wind?)

And true to its feel - when you tear off a chunk of this roving and fluff it out and separate it out the darn stuff really does look and feel like locks of hair!  I think this roving must have been sitting squished flat for a while (aka in a bag at the bottom of a stash somewhere before it made it to mine?) because it has been really compacted.  I was very surprised to see how "big" it feels once you open it up and fluff it some.  I thought that the pile was pretty small, but once I get it all ready to spin again I think it will look like a much bigger mound than originally expected.

The colours are variegated here from Pumpkin Orange, to Auburn Red like my sister's hair, to Olive Greens, and some Gold and Coppery shades in between.  I think I will aim for a lace/light fingering 2 ply... with the long stretches of colour that I seem to be in love with these days.

I started the spinning... and didn't realize until after the daylight had dwindled that my photo really sucked.  So I'll post the pic because it shows the colours... but ignore the fact that it's blurry OK?  great!  tks!

See?  coppery gold orangey colours! :)

I was also really surprised at how fine the wool is... and how long the staple is!  I think if I was able to go back in time and see the locks that went into this roving they would be really Lustrous long strong shiny fine locks.  **closes eyes and wipes drool off chin**


Well thats it for now folks...I'll leave you with a picture of the drafted shiny soft fiber!

more tomorrow as the TdF continues

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 :)


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