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« on: January 29, 2013 10:04:47 AM »

Have you ever snatched up a cardboard box with a cat in it and spun around a few times? LOL, Mirage has suffered such a fate on occasion.

I got over-excited about spinning after I finally placed an order with Sheep Shed Studio. With a three week postage time, I decided to dive into the bag of Mirage brushings I'd been saving up for over a year.

She is eminently difficult to photograph, as her smoky black fur just sucks up the light. After finger-picking each and every brush-clump of fur into a fluffy cloud of OMG SOFT, I spun my usual beginner's park-and-short-draft style. Probably a good move with 1-2 inch fibres.

My Maine Woods spindle is just too heavy for such a short stapled fibre, so I quickly made a spindle from a dowel, a plastic wheel that sewing pins came on and a cup hook taped on with yellow electrical tape. Jolly Rancher for scale Tongue

This was my first time Andean plying, all done in one sitting. I've since discovered you're supposed to wind it into a plying ball from the bracelet. After a bath, I have 55 yards of the softest, shiniest, fluffiest cat yarn on the planet! Mirage's pale grey undercoat turned the yarn a storm-cloud grey.

Throughout the whole process, my boyfriend kept petting it and asking what I'm going to make him Tongue Overall, I'm really proud of myself, because "people say" that spinning short fibres is horrendously difficult and you need a support spindle to do it. MEH I SAY! I'm a cat-fur-spinning rebel Wink

« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2013 10:08:11 AM »

You have a lot of patience. This is really cool. Good for you.

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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2013 10:16:50 AM »

Great job!  Spinning short fibres isn't terrible, just different, though I applaud you for doing it with a short forward inchworm draw!!  Great yarn!

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2013 06:59:14 PM »

This is amazing, Mirage should be very proud of helping to produce such beautiful yarn!

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2013 07:03:33 PM »

I'm just amazed. Should I save my cat brushings for fibre? LOL

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013 09:51:24 AM »

This is awesome!  It looks so soft.  I'd love to see what you make out of it.  Mirage looks just like one of my cats...I could probably try this with him...hmm... Tongue

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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2013 03:00:02 AM »

think I might have to start brushing my fluff ball Smiley

I would never have thought of spinning cat fur, although I have made jewellery from horse hair in the past (tail hair plaited into bracelets and necklets)

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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013 08:07:38 AM »

I bet that is really soft yarn! My cat is short haired so it would be a major pain trying to spin anything from him. We do have a long haired cat but she does not like to be brushed (she thinks the brush is a toy and attacks it).

« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2013 07:19:08 PM »

I bet that is really soft yarn! ... We do have a long haired cat but she does not like to be brushed (she thinks the brush is a toy and attacks it).

Sooooooo soft.... And Mirage likes to be brushed, right up until she doesn't Tongue

So what do I make with it??? 55 yards of bulky yarn isn't a lot, and the last bulky hat I made took about 100 yards. Should I wait a year and spin some more? Tongue

« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2013 11:46:47 AM »

I love this!  Great job!  The yarn is beautiful and so is your cat.

I have been saving my long-haired cats fur for a while and plan to either spin or felt it someday.

Instead of waiting to make a hat, could you make a warm winter headband?  That would probably be about the right sized project for the amount of yarn you have.
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