August 07, 2009

Bit of Cabled Yarn

I spun a bit of cable yarn for the first time. The technique seemed most appropriate for the wool, which was a few locks with a stiff hairy overcoat and an undercoat.

When I washed the locks so that they would loosen and I combed the fibres to align them, I wasn't able to save the undercoat. So I spun the long hairy strands.

On the first ply, the angle of the twist was very steep because the singles were so stiff in texture. The fibres did not fill in the gaps at all like a crimpy fine wool would.

Cabling, overspinning and plying again, had the effect of filling in the gaps. I am satisfied with the result.

Thanks to Lora for giving me the locks to try.

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