Skein #32: Yarn of Consistent Quality in a Two Ply. Different Fibers in Each of the Singles
Image 1: Fiber Sample
Image 2: Blended Alpaca and Nylon
Image 3: Blended Wool and Mohair
Image 4: Yarn Skein
Image 5: Yarn Detail
63 m 28 g 2250 m/kg
6 w/cm 15 w/in
Size Determination: Medium
- Wool, Mohair, Alpaca, Nylon
- Romney, yearling Mohair, carded baby alpaca, Icicle
- Reason for choice of this sample:
- Both blends contribute to halo. The wool holds the slippery mohair and the nylon gives the alpaca some sparkle.
- Preparation for spinning
- The wool and mohair were scoured, flicked and drum carded. The alpaca and nylon were drum carded. Both were pulled into sliver.
- Equipment Used
- Dog brush, drum carder, flyer spinning wheel
- Type of spinning
- Short backward draw
- Direction of Twist
- Number of plies
- Washed and dried with light tension
- Suggested uses
- This yarn is designed for a special occasion knitted sweater, with a lot of halo and a touch of sparkle. It can be used for knit, crochet or woven garments or as an accent yarn. Use as weft with a plain mohair warp for a shawl.
Maximum 54 points
- Examiner 1: 54
- Examiner 2: 48
Both liked this yarn, although I'm not sure what about it Examiner 2 thought was worth marking off six points. I wanted to say more about the fiber content (the wool and mohair were both from raw fleece, Icicle is a nylon) but I barely had enough room on the card to name the four different fibers.
The wool/mohair blend worked the first time, but the other took some thought. Originally I tried four fibers, all white, with just a hint of colored fiber to show the two different blends. But the bamboo/lyocell just didn't want to blend without carding. I don't have the equipment to card these long, silk-like fibers so I was attempting it on combs. Finally I dug up a small amount of alpaca batt and the bag of Icicle someone unloaded on me. It took several trips to visit the drum carder to get these two blends finished. I was resisting making a yarn full of shiny stuff just to have something to blend in.