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angieInCA
« on: March 14, 2008 11:40:05 AM »

I have a friend that raises Yaks.  The hair or fiber that she collects is beautiful and unbelievably soft.

I know nothing about spinning but with this free access to her yak hair I have been giving thought to learning.

My question is .....do any of you have any experience in Yak hair?  It it even worth trying?Huh?

Thanks for any help any of you can give  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2008 12:18:25 PM »

I have not personally spun yak down (yet!) because it is rather expensive.  But from what I understand, it is a down fiber, which means that it has a very short staple length.   It really must be spun woolen, which means there has to be twist between your hands while you're drafting.  It is usually a difficult fiber for a beginning spinner.

BUT!  You should learn to spin on a longer-length fiber like wool, and then try out yak!!  Just learn everything you can and take a shot at it...I really don't think you'll be sorry!  With such proxemity to awesome (free?) fiber, you should try spinning, especially if you're a knitter/crocheter, which you appear to be, based on your avatar. 

Join us...........jooooiinnnnnnn usssss.............muhahaha.   Grin
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2008 12:38:58 PM »

Exactly what nicolassa said!!

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I can trade you some wool roving for some yak ......  mwu-hahahahaHAHAHA!
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2008 12:54:59 PM »

Oh Gosh!  Thanks for the response.  Just waht I need.....another fiber obsession   Grin

I truly haven't a clue where to start and have just started researching the whole spinning thing.

One of the problems is I would be getting the Yak down in raw form.  Unwashed and uncombed(?)  So I would totally starting from scratch.

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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2008 11:08:15 PM »

I've spun with yak recently and I just learned how to use a drop spindle about a month ago. It seemed really easy, but I wasn't being fussy about getting it even either. It just kind of flowed into place with the twist. I didn't have to card it or anything, just used small handfuls at a go. I didn't even notice the shortness of the staple. Fun stuff and so soft!
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2008 11:38:55 AM »

I've spun Quiviut (which is a musk-ox, here in Alaska) It spun up well but I agree with Nicolassa that you'd want to stick with wool to get the hang of spinning. I don't know if yak has guard hairs like quiviut but if it does there's a lot of dehairing involved.  Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2008 01:24:52 PM »

Free yak fibre? Yes it's worth learning how to spin!!  Grin
Do try with some wool roving first though, it will make it so much easier. Washing the fibre shouldn't be much of a problem, and unless it is very felted you can spin it straight, as has been mentioned.

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