Thu, 2 June 2011
Spinning a lock of wool is the traditional way to get a very thin yarn. That is because you can pull a small number of fibers out of the lock, and give the drafting zone a very thin prep of fiber. In this podcast I review how each of five different breeds of sheep's locks spun and how I made my decision whether to continue to prep the fiber for spinning by lock washing.
The five breeds discussed are Cormo/Border Leicester, Corriedale, Romney, Cormo and an unknown ewe lambs fleece.
This is one time a video is worth many podcast words, so I have posted a video showing me spinning from the lock on Youtube. You can find it here.
There's a second part to the podcast, discussing spinning from the fold. This technique is often used with angora, and I've discussed why and how to spin from the fold.
Interlude music is by Kevin Wood, and is called 'Twilight of Hope"
The closing song is by Lisa Redford and is called "Hope Never Dies"
Both can be found on the podsafe music network.