Rhinebeck haul

OK, so I didn’t go to Rhinebeck myself. But a week before the event, Claudia pinged and volunteered to do some personal shopping for me! Woo! And hell yeah! I gave her some suggestions (dehaired pygora and/or unique spinning fiber that I can’t buy online) and a budget, and this is what she sent:

8 oz of carded clouds from Spinner’s Hill – a mix of wool, silk, and alpaca
4 oz of dehaired pygora top from Peppermint Pastures

Thank you, Claudia!!! It’s great to have someone who likes to shop on my behalf and knows my preferences so well.

A couple entries ago, when I talked about production spinning, Laritza asked if I knew how long it had taken me to spin and ply the 4 oz of yarn. I thought hard about it but concluded that I actually had NO idea. I decided to see exactly how much free time this darn hobby sucks up. Heh. I’m not rushing myself or trying to meet a deadline, I’m just doing what I do and noting the time when I start and stop.

Thus far, to turn 8 oz of carded clouds into handpulled roving (about the same thickness as a commercial pindrafted top) – 5 hours.

ETA: I previously described how to draft clouds into roving. Check it out here! :)

10 thoughts on “Rhinebeck haul

  1. That’s mighty pretty roving!

    I like your haul. I’ve only spun a little pygora, but I really enjoyed doing so. What I had was a dehaired B-type. I also tried blending the pygora with alpaca and I liked the results.

    I’ve tried a 6% jewel tone mohair blended with black alpaca. The mohair isn’t soft and it affects the texture a lot. The jewel tone fiber doesn’t peek through the black quite enough. Someday, I want to try about 15% jewel tone pygora in black alpaca to see if I can’t get more flashes of color and a softer overall feel.

  2. How do you draft the fiber like that? I’ve tried various techniques and none work out for me. I have quite a bit of carded fiber and would love to be able to get it like you do. If it doesn’t take to much time would you mind explaining how you do it? Maybe I can try another time! 😀

    I love your spinning!

  3. Oooh, pretty!

    It would be interesting to know how long different processing and spinning steps took — you could use the information as part of a decision making process when planning out a project or a yarn. But I don’t think I’d want to spin professionally, where you’d have to decide whether or not to, say, predraft, based on whether or not you thought you could charge for it.

  4. Its not rushing. I do like the production part of it just to get more done in the little free time I have for it. Beautiful roving you made.

  5. Thanks for posting the link to your previous tutorial. As a new spinner, I’ve picked up so many good tips from your blog. I’ll be interested to watch and learn as you spin these lovely clouds into yarn!

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