Primitive Breeds - Shetland
This is a close up of the yarn on the far left. It is made from the longer fibers in the locks. The longer fibers were separated by simply pulling them by the tips out of the lock. Then they were combed on two pitch Louet mini-combs and spun worsted style before plying as a two ply from a center pull ball. The yarn is very strong with very little elasticity. It would make a good rug warp or a strong braid.
Once I got home with the fiber, I decided to take a little more time in fiber prep. I combed the locks with my Forsythe two pitch hand held combs to separate the longer fibers from the shorter ones. Here are the little "nests" that I pulled off the combs, ready for spinning:
And here is the yarn made from them:
The combing waste was carded on hand carders and rolled into these rolags:
And below is the yarn spun from those rolags:
This yarn was spun with a supported long draw with just enough twist for the yarn to hold together, then plied with slightly more twist from two separate bobbins. The yarn is loftier than the second yarn, which was spun semi-worsted. It would make great mittens, which would probably full together to make a very dense fabric as the mittens are worn.
So...four different yarns from one small batch of Shetland locks. What fun! Much thanks to Beth at The Spinning Loft for holding the workshop, washing all that wool, and putting together all the little packages of various breeds.
The next one of these posts will be the Navajo Churro fleece.