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!