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A journey toward artful, holistic living in the middle of Sin City...

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mohair...the Bane of My Existence

If you've checked out my 101 Things To Do in 1,001 Days page, you may have noticed that I have a lot of fiber that needs to be spun.  A LOT.  Well, I've been working on this turquoise mohair for ages and finally got one bag spun.  I hate mohair.  I don't even know why I bought this.  It's fuzzy.  It gets in my nose.  It's slippery.  Maybe it was the color.  I can't remember.

So I finished spinning one bag using my drop spindle.  I decided I wanted to Navajo ply it, which is an amusing technique and gives you a beautiful 3-ply yarn.  Surprise.  Each time I began to ply, the yarn would break and there went my spindle, rolling across the floor.  (Yes, there's a reason they call it a drop spindle.)  The only way to fix the problem was to take it off the spindle and re-spin that shit so it had a TON of twist to it.  Which I did, cussing the whole time. 
mohair in mid-re-spin
Finally, I got to the fun part and did the Navajo ply.
Navajo ply on turquoise mohair
Guess what?  I have to do it again because here's another bag of this s*#@!  Did I mention that I hate mohair?


Gayle said...

Where have I been?? I didn't know you spun.
Do you have a wheel as well? Mohair is harder to spin, have you ever tried carding it with another fiber?

marilyn said...

Well, woman of many talents, this is the first time that you have mentioned spinning. I have found, like you, that cussing is quite helpful when faced with a project that just isn't going well. I think we learned that from our father. Good luck with that second bag.