- there may be a mix of fiber types in the fleece.
- there may be a mix of fiber diameters in the fleece.
- the crimp may be irregular.
- more likely to have colored fleeces.
- and a lower yield.
So I got the rest of the fiber home and decided to do the same thing that I did with the Shetland. I combed the mass of fibers on my Forsythe two pitch combs and produced these nice little combed nests:
Meanwhile here's the combing waste:
Wow! That's a lot of fiber still left. So I sat down with the hand cards and produced these fat, sausage-like rolags:
These were spun up woolen style with a supported long draw and just enough twist to hold the fibers together. The yarn was then plied into a 3 ply from three separate bobbins. There are about 4 plying twists to the inch. The yarn is nice and lofty, and would make a great knitting yarn at about 9 wpi.
Here are the two yarns together:
Here's a closer look:
Two ply worsted on the left, three ply woolen on the right.
Here's a close up of some of the fibers left from the rolags:
The worsted yarn would be nice for a blanket or outerwear but is kind of scratchy for anything close to the skin. The woolen yarn would be great for mittens or gloves. It would also make a warm hat, but I would probably make it a double thickness with something a little softer next to the skin.
So there you go...that's my first round with Navajo Churro.
Once again, thanks to Beth Smith at the Spinning Loft for providing the washed fibers and hosting the workshop (Beth & Chelsea do mail order...I just got 2 oz. of birthday quiviut in today's mail...color me happy!) And thanks to Deb for the great class!
Next fiber will be Karakul, but there will probably be posts of a different sort before that.