Noble Dragon

My participation in big spinning events like the #megasal and Tour de Fleece 2015 was a bit spotty this year because of little stuff like moving from New England to ATL and a day job search (if you need a copywriter/marketer/textile geek I’d love to hear from you!), BUT, I do have some pretties to share over the next week or so.

Noble Dragon was one of Fat Cat Knits’ exclusive colorways for the SAL/readalong. I spun up a sproingy, elastic 2 ply from the US grown and processed, gradient dyed Targhee .

Spinning details are on Ravelry here. Have you been doing any Discworld-related spinning? Or reading?
 

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  1. That is beautiful!

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  2. That’s lovely, Tracey! I’ve got a bag full of raw, organic Columbia wool that was grown 45 minutes away from where I live and I keep putting off learning spinning for some reason. Maybe because I don’t want to ruin such a gorgeous fleece? Are there any tips you can give me, and references?

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    • Ooh, fun!
      For fleece prep and beginning spinning tips, I learned mostly from blogs and Ravelry forums.
      I like how sock pr0n washes raw fleeces–her blog details pretty much how I wash fleeces–I’ve tried a few methods, but I use this method for everything but very fine fleeces. I should probably write a post on the topic soon–I have photos shot for a tutorial but haven’t written it up yet. Rav groups like a Spinners Study & Raw Wool Lovers unite have some good information in the forums.

      For beginning spinning–I’m mostly self taught, other than one class that probably wasn’t a great fit for me, and, again, I learned from the ravelry forums, youtube, and making lots and lots of mistakes! Beginning spinning is a good place to start. I’m happy to answer any questions you have along the way, too! Good luck!

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      • Thank you so much, Tracey! I started scouring the fleece, and there is so much of it, and it sounds kind of strange, but it is a little bit confusing to know what to do next and if it is good enough.

        Thank you so much for your advice. I checked out the groups and the scouring tutorial, and I have lots of ideas swimming in my head right now. I’m looking forward to your tutorial!

        J

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      • There’s definitely some trial and error involved at first until you figure out what your preferences re–depending on what you have access to for equipment, you can set aside the shorter locks or messier bits for woolen spinning & hand card them, and work in worsted with the longer, more intact locks. Good luck–I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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      • Thank you! I’ve got one more question, sorry. πŸ™‚ The little bits of grass and other stuff, do they come out with carding?

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      • I’m always happy to answer questions–don’t apologize! Yes, most of the grass, hay and stuff will come out with carding or combing, then in the spinning, too. You can pick out some of the big stuff as you wash, but vegetable matter just happens when you’re working with uncoated fleeces.

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