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« on: February 05, 2011 08:17:26 AM »

Hi,
I am a new spinner using a top whorl spindle. I have succesfully spun and plyed mohair and merino but this time, I'm trying to use some shetland undyed roving and it's very coarse..is it just the nature of the fibre or am I doing it wrong? I am spinning quite fine, would it be better thicker with less twist?
How do you do it?
Sorry if the question has been asked before...
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011 01:42:34 PM »

It depends on the animal.  I've spun shetland that was very fine and shetland that was very coarse.

Shetland is both a single & dual coated sheep.  On the double coated breeds, the Thel (undercoat) is very soft and the Tog (guard hairs or top coat) is very coarse.  I've not spun the single coat Shetland.

If you are spinning from a prepared roving or top, most likely the thel & tog were prepped together, leaving a mystery type of roving.  I like buying my Shetland in fleeces (usually the hogget fleece where there is softer guard hair)

I spin most Shetland woolen single in a worsted weight.  It is wonderful for socks (use size 7-9 needles and cast on 30-36 stitches) or mittens.
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2011 01:28:59 AM »

Wow,
Thanks for that. Yes it did come from prepared rovings (I'm not up to wash and sort yet Smiley)
I'll try it in singles and see how the other rovings behave - It was a selection of 4 natural colours.
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2011 05:50:13 AM »

Get some pictures for our Fiber Friday thread!!!
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