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« on: April 09, 2008 08:14:20 AM »

I bought fiber on ebay from Miss Babs (http://stores.ebay.com/missbabs-fibers) - 2oz of soysilk, 4oz of viscose - and she sent me some dyed fiber as a bonus - squeee!
But I don't know what it is. I only tried wool (corriedale, 28 microns) and silk caps before, and I'm too busy staring at the beauty that are my new fibers to  actually spin them. From the little experience I have, I can tell that:
1) this mistery fiber is much much thinner than the corriedale
2) it has a very long staple lenght, but not like the silk
3) it doesn't look like soysilk at all
4)it doesn't feel like the undyed viscose at all
5) it is incredibly easy to spin. The corriedale I had to predraft entirely and got singles that were DK-ish, but this dyed fiber is so easy to spin that I'm drafting from the roving without any pre-draft at all, and getting laceweight singles.
It was also a little compact at first, but once i started drafting it was easy.
This is it:

The only reason I'm asking is because something this easy to spin is surely something I'd want to buy later, but if I can't identify it I'll still be very very happy with just the fun I'm having  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008 09:16:49 AM »

You can always try to email her and ask? Send her the pic and I'm sure she'll be able to tell, or check her records..

Can you tell that I'm clueless on the fiber? Grin

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2008 02:27:28 PM »

At first glance it looks like some sort of wool. Which I'm sure is really helpful.  Wink
There are burn tests you can try to see if it is wool or not.  And it's really hard to tell what breed it is unless you've been petting a lot of wool.
I agree with asking.
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2008 08:00:12 PM »

Yes, I asked.. I'm waiting for answer. I agree that it looks a little like wool, but from some angles it really doesn't. i spun half of it already, laceweight, and the spun yarn feels... plant-y? it feels like sewing thread, at least. All sewing thread I've seen was cotton.
I'm really intrigued; I know now that it isn't soysilk or viscose, after testing my samples. Oh, the mistery!

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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2008 04:21:01 AM »

From that picture I would also be pretty sure it is some kind of wool, but I'm curious as to what it turns out to be!

« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2008 05:35:22 AM »

Cotton has a very short staple, so it's probably not cotton. 

From the pictures I also agree that it looks like wool.

There are a few tests you can do to get at least a rough idea.  If you burn a small piece of it, you can see how it burns.  If it burns and crumbles and smells more like paper, it's more likely a plant fiber, but if it burns and chars and smells more like burning hair, it's more likely an animal fiber.

You can also put a few fibers in some bleach, if they dissolve overnight, they are probably wool or something similar.
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2008 10:04:08 AM »

Miss Babs says it's probably BFL or merino/tussah!
It has a long staple lenght so it could be the BFL, and it is really really thin, so it could be the merino  Tongue Looking at her site, where she sells dyed fiber, it looks more like the BFL, but the colourways available for merino/tussah are more like the one I got (contrasting/strong colours).
It is really good to spin, but I think I did it too thin, and so it wasn't that cool to ply. It was like plying sewing thread Sad And the points where I let some bumps showed really bad. Plus, 2-plying with all those colours made them look bad.
Note to self - learn how to navajo ply on a spindle. I loved the colours on the singles, hated the plied yarn.
Pics tomorrow  Cheesy

EDIT: OOOOOOOOOOOOHH! wait! this is just it:
I spun merino and thought it was easy?  Shocked Doesn't everybody and their mothers say merino is hard for beginners?
I found the same colourway in Merino/cultivated silk, but it didn't feel like silk for me - I could be wrong, but I vote for Merino.
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2008 08:28:23 PM »

One cannot honestly make statements like 'its hard to spin merino' ...
there are SO many factors involved.
health of the animal
how it was stored after it was sheared
how it was washed
the length of time from shearing to spinning

quality really does make a difference. if it was a dream to spin, it was probably great quality.
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2008 01:32:07 PM »

I think Merino is pretty breezy to spin, but yeah- the staple length varies and really does make a difference. 

The roving you have is very pretty!

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