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Manasi
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  11:31:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message
Last night I eyeballed 4 oz (total) of South Af fine white, angora fur & mulberry silk into a blend on my petite drum carder. The silk was in slivers so it gave me a little trouble blending the first time (kept getting stuck on the smaller drum).
I've only blended the whole lot twice. The resulting blend is a dream!! The silk is still a little streaky, so I have to blend the lot maybe 1 or 2 more times... It's all white & I can't make up my mind whether to dye it or not. This is by far the best blend I've ever produced. Can't wait to spin it!
Any advice on ratios, twist etc?

:)
http://yarnahoy.blogspot.com/

jaymeKnits
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USA
1350 Posts

Posted - 11/30/2005 :  12:30:55 PM  Show Profile  Send jaymeKnits a Yahoo! Message Send jaymeKnits a Private Message
Drooool....

No recomendations, although I have heard that slightly felting angora after spinning can be a good idea, just passing on a rumor no experience personally (unfortunately).

Jayme
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Manasi
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
297 Posts

Posted - 11/30/2005 :  12:49:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message
Oddly enough, the blend feels cool to the touch. I'm sure it's going to be warm eventually thanks to the wool & angora... it's probably the silk (?) It was warmer than usual last night so i dont think it was the AC.

:)
http://yarnahoy.blogspot.com/
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pjkite
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  1:24:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit pjkite's Homepage  Send pjkite a Yahoo! Message Send pjkite a Private Message
Spin fine yarn - you'll end up with quite a halo from the angora. That particular blend needs quite a bit of twist, so use a small whorl and enjoy the spinning! You'll get much more yardage that you think possible from that small amount of weight. You may want to ply, but if you don't it will probably work just fine - use garter stitch on large needles and you'll have a treasure!

Pamela Kite
East Tennessee
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Manasi
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
297 Posts

Posted - 11/30/2005 :  1:38:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message
Thank you Pamela! I shall be using my Fricke wheel to spin. Will be posting the pics on my blog when i'm done.

:)
http://yarnahoy.blogspot.com/
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Lanthir
Warming Up

USA
54 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2005 :  11:28:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanthir's Homepage Send Lanthir a Private Message
That sounds so lovely!
...And silk can actually be every bit as warm as wool. It's just a different sort of warm, if that makes any sense...

"And we shall call it 'This Land'"
Firefly
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Manasi
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
297 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2005 :  1:07:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message
Lanthir,
i was spinning this last night. it has both the delicate sheen of silk & the fuzz of angora bunny - best of both! it's just lovely. It took ages to spin since i'm going to spin 2 very fine threads & ply them together from 2 oz & then the same with slightly thicker threads from about 3 oz. My wrist is still hurting from the fine spinning.

:)
http://yarnahoy.blogspot.com/
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firymist
Chatty Knitter

USA
220 Posts

Posted - 12/05/2005 :  9:58:11 PM  Show Profile Send firymist a Private Message
Manasi,

It sounds like a fabulous blend and I can't wait to see the pics!

Jessica
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Manasi
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
297 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2005 :  11:22:25 AM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message
firymist,
I have images of the bunny-blend yarn up on my blog. feel free to look. i forgot to take pics of the roving but i'll do that since i still have some left!

:)
http://yarnahoy.blogspot.com/
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Lissa
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USA
4942 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2005 :  4:10:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
My fingers are drooling just thinking about it...

Lissa

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a
revolutionary act. -- George Orwell


Oh, and I now have a blog:http://knittnlissa.typepad.com/knittnlissa/
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Manasi
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
297 Posts

Posted - 12/23/2005 :  1:25:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message
Lissa,
it was heaven to spin! I ended up slightly pilling a few rolags but that may have been due to overblending. OR it may have been due to my drum carder...


:)
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