You’ll never guess what I brought home from work the other day.
So I’ll just tell you.
Not the whole animal or anything- just buffalo hair.
Pretty gnarly stuff. Guess it was collected from a scratching pole that is out in the pasture for them.
But buried deep within the hairy mess is fluff. Very soft, short, downy fluff.
Here it is (mostly) sorted:
I figure, volume-wise, I got about 10% or less fluff.
I washed and then I carded what little I had-
My hand cards are not the really fine type, but I was able to get it into decent enough shape to spin after a while, though there was still quite a bit of veg.
Here is the resulting swatch:
Was kind of an interesting exercise,, but the de-hairing was not much fun. Kind of like picking apart dusty brillo pads.
And in other news, I finally have my first batch of yarn for The Man’s sweater.
I’ve decided on a heavy worsted three-ply (from three bobbins so I get a more consistent result)
Here are the nice fat little bobbins ready to be plied-
Here is the yarn, fresh off the wheel-
And all steamed and skeined up-
I do so love a squooshy three-ply.
Stats on the yarn: approx 110 yds per 3.5 oz skein.
Does your husband realize just how much you love him? 🙂 That’s pretty special stuff!
Yeah, I think he does.
The man earned many many points taking me down to Eugene last month. He’s pretty swell 🙂
Sounds like you guys deserve each other — in the best possible way!
Thats gorgeous yarn…I luv it! I am hoping to score some dehaired buffalo down this September at the Knitters Fair…yummy stuff.
I think that already dehaired buffalo would be the way to go. It wasn’t too bad to spin- I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do much with it because it was so short- but once you get a feel for it, it goes pretty easily.
I love the color of the buffalo swatch. How does it feel?
Your three-ply is gorgeous! I might just have to try doing some of that. Can you believe I’ve always only done 2 ply???
It’s a wee bit itchy still, but I think that is mostly from some deeply embedded veg. The fibers themselves are very soft and fine.
I highly recommend the three-ply. It takes a bit more time, but can be so nice and round and lofty!
Hi Denise – I met you very briefly at BSG and just found your blog from Michelle’s. I have enjoyed reading it! You did such a nice job with the buffalo. The color is so pretty.