Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

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Re: Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

Unread post by bittersweetbranch » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:30 pm

So everywhere you see a curly tip, that was the end of a lock. The next pictures show how to start the next lock. First you have to separate the ends. Spread them out as fine as you can. You will find a lot more vegetable matter in this step. It's amazing how much dirt and hay fall out of the locks here even though you've already washed them.
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Re: Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

Unread post by bittersweetbranch » Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:42 pm

Then you lay the new lock at a right angle to the lock on your wheel. As you turn the wheel it twists the string on the bobbin which "grabs" the individual pieces and strings of wool in your hand and begins to twist them with it. This is where practice, practice, practice comes in. The first skein I did, I wanted it to go fast. I was feeding new locks too fast and it was way chunkier and looser than it should be and you could pull on it and separate it when I was finished. Now I go a lot slower so that I'm learning to feel the tension on the string and I can tell when it is tight enough to let it wind onto the bobbin. Everytime you turn your wheel, you twist the yarn, so the more times you turn it without letting it wind on the bobbin, the tighter it is getting. If you turn too many times, you twist too much and it kinks and is kind of stretchy. Nobody wants to knit or crotchet with stretchy yarn.
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Re: Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

Unread post by bittersweetbranch » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:14 pm

Thought I'd share some pictures of what my customers are doing with their wool that they are purchasing.
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Re: Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

Unread post by patriceinil » Fri Mar 20, 2020 12:28 am

Cool!

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Re: Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

Unread post by Farmfresh » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:49 am

How AWESOME! Did the same person do all of this?
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Re: Making Yarn: Straight from the Barn

Unread post by bittersweetbranch » Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:04 pm

No, it was several different people. These pics represent 3 of my customers. Mostly people out east that ordered off of ebay and etsy. Some people are doing felting. I'm trying to get pictures of their projects too, but no luck yet.

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