Spinning Bamboo, Mohair & Wool Blend

It’s a lovely morning.  As I sit here writing I look out my window and watch the hummingbirds bury themselves in the blossoms of the trumpet vine that is outdoing it’s self this year.    We watch the weather and wonder how much of the blow off from Hurricane Gustav we may get.  I feel heavily for all those who have had to leave their homes for the second time…wondering if it will still be there when they return.  Let’s hope Gustav remains a 3 instead of the 5 they have predicted…

On our trip to McKinney that I posted about on my Mish Mash…etc site the other day, I picked up a couple of bats of bamboo/wool/mohair mix from the only shop I know of in the vicinity  to see if I would like spinning them.  

I have to add here that I usually get all my wool from Halcyon Yarn … where it is so clean that if a tiny piece of VM is found you drop your jaw.  As a result, the fact that I am having to card these bats, continually pull out the VM and have the water turn a horrid brown when I wash the finished yarn is a little disconcerting for me.  I have no idea if this “normal” or not… I just know that I prefer the Halcyon wool..lol  If anyone else knows whether all this VM is normal or not  I would love to hear about it so I can stop being so disappointed.

Anyway, I found that either my carding skills (minimal at best) are at fault .. or the bamboo mix is a  little more difficult to draft that pure wool.  It seems to want to bind together and does not slide smoothly.  I did however finally figure it out and have spun about 80 yards of triple ply  yarn.   

This morning as I was putting it in the skein, I thought how pretty the colors are…and what a soft, smooth feel.  I still have about 1/2 the first bat left and another whole one to go. 

I think this is another yarn that is saying it prefers to be woven.  I am looking at small heddle looms and will probably have one before long.  I am finding that weaving is becoming a favorite. 

Mariella of Knitting Nonni   first started posting about her tri-loom and square loom in 2006 and I have been interested ever since…just now getting into it, though.   I have the wood to build a 7′ tri loom…then realized that I have not one wall that is a big enough expanse to hold it!  So guess I will start with a smaller one…  or order the Beka Loom from The Woolery.

About Linda S.

Retired Grandma living in North Central Texas and enjoying being able to spend my time with all my many crafting interests.
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1 Response to Spinning Bamboo, Mohair & Wool Blend

  1. Cintia says:

    Yes its totally normal to have a little vm to quite a bit in most you buy 🙂 some people sell bats in its raw form just off the sheep but carded out, to the other extreme completely washed and or dyed super clean and ready to spin! I once got a nice bat of several diff colors and types of wool so pretty but had some raw wool mixed in as well was diff to spin but did look super when done 🙂 so go figure? *~*Love your blog.

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