Anyone got any suggestions for a little spinning pack I could put together for my sister? I was spindling at Christmas and she got a bit wistful about her spindle that she had in the mid-70s (we didn't see it when we cleaned the house out? Umm, errr, don't remember seeing it). Anyway, I bought her a student spindle at Bendi and now for her birthday on Wednesday want to send her a selection of fibres to play with.
I have available to me in my stash:
- some silk blended with merino
- finn/cashmere (haven't played with that myself)
- pencil rovings in ?merino
- merino/alpaca blend
- merino/soysilk blend
- silky wool
If I go delving more into the drawers I will undoubtedly find more. She isn't getting the cashgora, cashmere, pure silk or "luxury" stuff. Note that we are a bit limited in what is easily obtainable in Oz - what is this cormo stuff? Wool, obviously. Colonial - none of that here, though we were long a colony. Oor market just ain't very big and we have an *awful*, or should that be aweful?, lot of merinos.
Pencil roving might be good cos it is almost totally drafted already. Plus some other bits and pieces that I've been given to play with along the way, like a wee bit of silky wool and some alpaca tops, like 40cm of those. D'oh, forgot to get ink for the printer - can't print out instructions. Dang!
(Note that I started to spin with merino, merino and mohair, and merino and silk, though I am told these are hard to spin. Obviously I have no clue of good wools for beginners, which technically I pretty much am still).
The more I think about it, the more I think I will just grab a few samples of stuff that I have a fair amount of, like the pencil rovings, some colourful merino top (a lump of the stuff I dyed last week!), the merino/soy, some alpaca top that I combed myself (aren't we good? ooo, err! ;-). She hasn't spun for years, but I am sure that the stuff I'll send in this little pack will be much nicer than the horrible rough brown stuff she had. It might be 30 years on but I still remember how yucky it was. Pity I don't have any corriedale or other stuff that is a bit different - finn is different admittedly but I have to comb that up first unless I have some undyed stuff.
PS - we are nearly up to the 311th comment now and I want to do a little prize, but I will not count the comments from this post as it really only includes the spinners. Why 311th? Cos! Maybe the best guess should get a prize too!
PPS - will find out what silk caps are and let others know. They aren't really caps for wearing though I do like the smurf hat effect :-)