back to back challenge - Fibre-East 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed a day sitting in the sun spinning with some lovely people. It wasn't a full attempt at the challenge but a dry run for the full version maybe next year. We made a child-size jumper so that visitors to Fibre-East could see the event from start to finish while they were there.

Some firsts:
  • Spinning with unwashed greasy fleece
  • Spinning longdraw from a teased mass of fibre without using carder or pet comb
  • Spinning the yarn and seeing a garment knitted in one day

I enjoyed spinning wool with all grease left in. While it didn't feel too dirty, a small knitted sample square that we washed was much whiter. It's surprising how much dirty grease collects around the orifice and on your wheel generally

I wouldn't want to spin dirty fleece again (before the next b-to-b challenge!) but I will try washing without scouring out all of the grease, and try a 'dressing mix'.

I will also remember to put sun-block on my neck next time!

On your marks:


My photos from the day are here:

[edit] and the more official photos from the day are here:


Shearer's Girl said...

I heard about the back to back challenge but I was too busy on my stand to come and see how you were all getting on. Well done everybody who took part! I've spun lambswool long draw in the fleece, it's certainly a different experience!

peahen said...

there were five of us spinning and I think we all had different attitudes to spinning the greasy wool. I did enjoy spinning it, it drafted very nicely, I just can't believe that you can get all of the dirt particles out once they're spun into the thread. Having said that, the sample square that was washed is so much brighter and whiter than the finished jumper!

I'm really sorry - I must have walked right past you without realising it was you! Will make sure I look out for you next time :)