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Jennickell
« on: September 08, 2008 07:24:51 AM »

OK, I was out treasure hunting this weekend (aka thrift store shopping) and I spot this HUGE spool of some sort of yarn on a shelf, I looked, smalled, and touched it and I couldnt figure out what is is, I am pretty sure it is some kind of animal fiber (although the thought has crossed my mind that it might be some sort of cheap twine, but I am pretty sure it isnt)
here is what the spool looks like

(the pic does not show how big it really is it is 12 inches tall  and weighs 5-6lbs)
and here is a swatch


i have tried felting the swatch to see what is does, but it hasnt done anything yet, I am going to try washing it a few more times
Anyone have any clues as to what they think it might be, or anyone know of a way to test to see if it is an animal fiber, synthetic, etc?
Oh and if anyone wants to know, it was only $5
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2008 07:30:24 AM »

Time for the burn test!

Follow this chart to see what this yarn could be:
http://www.ditzyprints.com/dpburnchart.html

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2008 09:46:49 AM »

Time for the burn test!

Follow this chart to see what this yarn could be:
http://www.ditzyprints.com/dpburnchart.html



haha cool link, thanks for posting!

Hope you find out what that is, nice bargain for so much!
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Jennickell
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2008 10:24:18 AM »

thanks for the link, cant wait to go home and light stuff on fire! ha!
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Jennickell
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2008 06:18:57 AM »

Well, I went home and lit some on fire and yes it is some sort of animal fiber, it has some short coarse hairs that stick out, so I am thinking it is alpaca (my local farmers market has a booth with alpaca rooving and spun and it kinda looks like it), but it am just not sure, it apears to be unbleached, so I am going to try to dye some and see what it does (there is so much there even if I screw some up, there is plenty more)
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008 07:16:55 AM »

How does it feel?

Alpaca usually has a softer hand than wool.  It also drapes really well, but has little memory.  Does your swatch drape?  Does it stretch at all?  If it stretches much, it's probably wool.  You also don't see much alpaca on cones, since it's pricey.  Hmm.  The mystery continues!

But isn't it fun to have a hobby where you sometimes have to light the materials on fire to determine their content?   Cheesy
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Jennickell
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2008 09:35:27 AM »

it is has some small, coarse hairs that stick out from it, after doing some googling, I am thinking it is wool. My thoughts are that it came from a mill, cause it is HUGE, I mean no places that I could see had a cone even close to that big.

Conversation between me and my hubby last night:
Me "You know where a lighter is"
Hubby "Ya on the shlef, why"
Me "I am going to light that yarn I bought on fire and see what it looks like according to this chart I printed"
Hubby "Lighting stuff on fire, I better help you"
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2008 10:30:01 AM »

It's fun for the whole family!   Cheesy
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Cealy
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2008 04:13:06 AM »

LOL why is it when their is fire men always NEED to help? lol
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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2008 06:53:24 PM »

Heehee..... I smell a romantic fire lit evening...or is that burnt wool? Wink
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