Monday, November 29, 2010

Fiber Processing - skirting and tumbling

With the long weekend, I decided I needed to get some yarn spun. It seems every time I make yarn, I do it a bit different, so I'll show how I did it this time.

Step one, lay the fiber out on the skirting table and skirt (take out the big pieces of hay):

Weigh the fiber into two groups of 6 ounces. This way I have two bags, one for each strand for the plyed yarn.

Then I put each batch into the tumbler, this seems to really help get out the dirt and debris.

Inside the tumbler:

Out of curiosity, I weighed the batches again after they came out of the tumbler. I wondered how much dirt and debris really came out of them. Each batch lost about 1/2 an ounce. That's a lot of dirt for such small batches.

Next step, flicking and spinning. I'll put that in a new post.


Louellen Lawson said...

It is so pretty. I am learning a lot from your blog. Keep up the good work.

Oak Haven Alpacas said...

thank you :)

I like writing it, keeps me going on these dreary fall days (as I sit here and watch rain fall)

Pin It button on image hover