Waste not, Want not

I've been working through a bag of Bowmont fleece recently - it's heavenly stuff, soft as merino with good crimp and an absurdly long staple length. I'm finding it ideal for very fine spinning - I flick open each lock and spin it for 15-20 minutes before moving on to the next.

Using this method, I've ended up with some waste fiber - short cuts and neps, the usual waste, but also just clumps of fiber without good lock definition unsuitable for this spinning method or that came out while I was flicking the locks. I'm loath to throw out perfectly good fiber - so I put these bits aside into a little pile.

British wool Bowmont fleece carded into rolags and spun into yarn
I carded my motley assortment of fiber into rolags and began spinning. They weren't perfectly smooth or uniform, and neither was my spinning, but I didn't worry too much. I took these singles and used the bracelet method to wind them on themselves once, and then again. Then, I plied my little ball of yarn.
4-ply Bowmont merino/shetland cross handspun wool natural white
The resulting yarn ended up soft and round, reasonably smooth, and with lots of character. Each ply is a bit thick-and-thin, but when plied together the inconsistencies meld into each other.
Skein of spindle-spun wool from Bowmont sheep
The 4 plies create a really round yarn which is just beautiful, and hopefully durable too. The only disadvantage to 4-plied yarn? It is a lot of spinning, even for a tiny amount. My little skein of Bowmont is a scant 55 yards - enough for the project I'm planning, but even this much seemed to take forever.


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