Natural fiber sampler

I'm working on a long-haul spinning project. My toilet paper roll bobbins are already piling up. It all started when I kept getting these small samples of natural-colored fiber, as extras along with spindle orders. Some of the samples were extremely small, much too small to use on their own.

So far, I've got 6 different naturally colored fibers in my collection - Corriedale, Tunis, and Shetland wool, Suri alpaca, camel down and Egyptian cotton. I'm going to keep collecting until I have enough for a small shawl. They're all spun on my ultra-light .2oz spindle into fine laceweight singles.

Handspinning drop spindle fine lace weight yarns cotton camel wool alpaca

Once I gather up the courage to handle them, I'll ply them against themselves, skein them up and wash them. Then, when I have enough different fibers, I'll knit them in stripes.

I think this will be a really interesting study of the different qualities of types of fiber and sheep breeds. Knitted up, it will be like a multi-fiber swatch. I've already written some notes about how the different breeds behave. I hope to collect many more sheep breeds before the project is through.


1 comment:

  1. What a great idea! You sound like me - never waste even a fraction of an ounce of fiber. Can't wait to see the shawl.