Always Something New To Learn!

~Off to spinning class this a.m., will learn good things to share. I’m bringing the washed wool to try the picker and maybe the comber.  Excitement. I’ll leave you with some recommendations by my teacher and fellow students.  This semester we are studying different fibers and these were recommended to be used as great references.

~The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook by Deb Robeson

“This one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia features more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world — from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas, and vicunas), bison, horses, musk oxen, rabbits, and even dogs.  Each entry includes photographs of the featured animal; samples of its raw fleece, its cleaned fleece, and yarn spun from the fleece; and samples of the yarn knit and woven. You’ll find everything you want to know about each animal and its fiber, including the fiber’s color, density, strength, and staple length, and recommendations for processing and using it. This is the essential reference no fiber-lover can be without.” – Amazon

Pure Wool: A Guide to Using Single-Breed Yarns by Susan Blacker

“Single-breed wool yarn offers amazing, unique qualities that differ from breed to breed. Pure Wool explains how to select and wisely use single-breed wool yarn to take best advantage of these qualities in knitting, crocheting, rug making, and other needlecrafts. Detailed descriptions of 16 types of pure wool focus on the specific characteristics that make each type great for some projects and not so good for others. In addition, 21 knitting patterns are given, along with information on the best kinds of wools to use for them. All the technical know-how you need to get creative with single-breed yarns, as well as an introduction to the sheep, and the people, behind the wool.” – Amazon

Three Bags Full (DVD) by Judith Mackenzie

“Join Judith MacKenzie in this comprehensive high definition video download that looks at wool fleeces. Learn everything you need to pick a good fleece, prepare the fiber for spinning, and more!” – Interweave

Tip from fellow student: Photocopy pictures of the various breeds and fiber with info, paste each copy onto an index card, laminate the cards, punch hole in left margin, and put through a ring.  This is a good portable reference when going to fairs, etc which sell fibers.

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