Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Angora Wool Spinning Process

I used first and seconds for this yarn. The premium first quality wool is taken from the back and upper sides of the rabbit. The seconds are from the neck and lower sides. The fur came from my rabbits when they came into molt- I hand plucked them.

I spun the angora right from the rabbit as she was in molt and very content and happy to be on my lap.

This is my spinning wheel, it's a Kromski.

This is the hank of yarn before I knitted it. Still hanging up after washing

I have spun this with extra twist so that it won't fall apart later on.

After it is spun into singles, it is worked into two or more plies. I used one single ply of English angora and one single ply of wool to help keep its shape, as Angora does not have a good shape memory.

Angora is seven times warmer than wool, so if your cold all the time you’re in for a real treat. Just be careful if you chose to knit baby garments, as a baby cannot say when it’s getting too warm.

Here is my finished shawl .The red edging is dye with food coloring which takes to both fibers wonderfully without fading or bleeding.

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