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« on: September 03, 2008 04:09:32 PM »

I'm not entirely new to spinning and I've been lurking for a while.

I was gifted with my sister's dog/wolf/creature hair and I am attempting to spin it (the irony amused her). The only problem is that is so slippery, and soft(kinda downy actually) and I keep breaking the yarn. :| What do you suggest? I'm using a fairly light drop spindle.

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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2008 07:13:15 PM »

IMHO, blending it with a small amount (say 10%) of a longwool such as Merino will make it much more managable.  Do you have a pair of handcards or a drum carder you can do this with?

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2008 05:35:53 AM »

You'll want to put a bit more twist in it so the fiber doesn't slip past each other. 

What is the staple length?  Like zuxana suggested, card it with a longer staple wool (about 4" or longer) to help hold it together without having to put a lot of twist in it.

fwiw, merino isn't a longwool.


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