While I am about 5 skeins into the knitting of the Urban Aran (got some quality time in on Saturday while participating in Knitting in Public Day), I am still working on making sure I have enough yarn spun up to finish the project.
Sure, the smart and cautious thing to do would be to spin up the whole lot before picking up the needles- but I was awfully anxious to get started once I figured out what I wanted to do.
So, this weekend I washed up another couple batches of white Romney, and today I went back to the combs for another round of fiber prep.
Now, mind you, this is not a primo fleece. But then I didn’t pay all that much for it, either. I knew going in that I would have to do some work. But under all that veg and dirt, there is some quite nice, soft, crimpy wool.
First I washed. That brings us to this:
This wool is a perfect candidate for combing! Here we go-
First pass, left to right-
Second pass, top to bottom-
There is sometimes quite a bit of waste- but then, you don’t want to be spinning the crud anyway!
And finally, the diz ( you might notice that mine used to be a spork)
And we are left with a beautiful lofty strip of combed top-
Which I like to wind up into a tidy bun.
Wow. A miraculous transformation.
in more-than-a-few easy steps.