Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spinning undercoats

The third DVD in Judith MacKenzie's spinning luxury fiber is on spinning undercoats. These include bison, yak, cashmere, qiviut(musk ox). It is interesting that you only get about one ounce of cashmere from a cashmere goat. For some reason I find that kind of sad. I think of all the goats needed to produce one sweater... How we treat this fiber. It does not get the respect it deserves. Most of these spinning fibers cost at least 10$ an ounce in 2014 money...( yak you can get cheaper). Qiviut is even more expensive. Other than yak I doubt I will spin is hard to justify this expense. Maybe when I am a much improved spinner..even then who knows. I think musk ox are so cute but 30$ an ounce for spinning fiber. They say qiviut is extremely warm. I do not need that warmth here. It was interesting to hear about spinning this fiber. Most of it is very short in staple length so carding it into a rolag is a good idea. From there you can spin woolen or a semi woolen..or semi worsted.

I think I might have a little yak fiber somewhere. I will try it out and report back.

Now I am watching her plying DVD!

Happy Spinning