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« on: August 12, 2005 09:16:53 AM »

Has anyone here ever spun up camel down? I know it is like alpaca but I haven't spun that either. It is super fine and lofty. I did a small batch and spun it with corriedale and it looks like some groovy tweed. But, I was wandering on the likelyhood of pure camel on a wheel...
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2005 09:28:55 AM »

i haven't spun camel yet, just llama and alpaca. the llama was long and fine. It make a silky soft yarn. I didn't mix it with any thing. You should try a little bit of the camel with out other fibers just to      see what it does. maybe just ply it with a different fiber.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2005 01:43:10 PM »



Camel down makes an awesome soft yarn, set your twist ratio high and your take up tension low, make super skinny singles, for fatter yarn ply more singles together (the pic above is laceweight.) It's a PITA to spin but you'll love your yarn when it's done (don't trust it until it's totally done-- wash it, full it, and dry it completely before you make up your mind, because it looks like hell before it's finished)
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2005 10:40:25 PM »

Groovy!!! How did you get the beads in with it? and you mentioned fulling it? I should felt it a bit? like put in real hot water than shock it maybe? I got my jumbo flyer on my wheel right now. You think that might work??
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2005 10:53:26 PM »

Shocking with hot water and cold is perfect, if you whack it against a counter a few times while damp it helps lock the fibers into place so that they won't try to work their way out. I don't know about the jumbo flyer, try it and see. As for the beading:

Overspin both singles, then take a tube of glass e-beads and a needle and thread the whole tube onto one of the singles, then push back the beads 'dropping' a bead at strategic intervals (mine are randomly more or less than 8 or 9 inches apart-- it's a PITA to push all the beads along the single, the best way I've found is to place a chair about three feet away from the wheel, pull enough of the single out to go around the chair and back and work the beads down for three or four yards (using the chair back to keep tension) then carefully rolling the beaded single back onto the bobbin, spinning those yards and then rearranging the beads again (it gets easier towards the end.)

I have to admit that every time I do a beaded skein I swear it's the "last one ever" but then I make myself a liar and find another bead/yarn combo that I just can't do without.
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2005 03:27:01 PM »

I finally came to the conclussion that I can't spin the camel on the wheel so I decided to drop spindle spin it. Muchhhh better outcome. I spun up some lace weight that I am going to ply with another single. So, hopefully it will come out ok....
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