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The yarn in the photo on the left (above) was processed by one of my 2013 fleece purchasers. She graciously offered to turn Faith's natural colored raw fleece into what turned out to be the red ribbon winning yarn at the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival held in Lexington, KY, in May of each year. There were seven other medium two-ply yarns entered into the handspun yarn contest. How did she do it? She hand cleaned using Orvis paste and blue Dawn. The tips were flicked using hand cards, then carded into batts using a drum carder. Each ply was spun individually on a Magicraft Mach I using a short draw technique. Then the single plies were plied into a true 2-ply off of two separate bobbins. I plan to make Farmboy some socks with this. They should add some “sproing" to his step. When Bethany was processing it for me, her e-mails updates were consistent, "Faith is "sproingy!"
Terms to understand:
- Staple length: The length of a 12 months growth of wool fiber not stretched.
- Crimp: Waves in the individual fiber, small waves close together are softer fleece. Waves further apart are coarser.
- The term 'Blood': Used to interpret fineness displayed in fractions.
- Spin count: Measurement on a wool skein.
- Microns: Measurement.
Most white Babydoll Southdowns are evaluated as 1/2 to 3/8 blood. 1/2 blood translates to a 60 to 62 skein spin count and a fiber of 22.5 to 25 microns in diameter with medium fine crimp and 2.5 to 3" staple length. 3/8 blood translates to a 58 spin count and a fiber of 24.5 to 26.5 microns in diameter with medium crimp and 2.5 to 3.5" staple length. Many of the black Babydolls are 1/4 blood (which is coarser than white fleeces). 1/4 blood translates to a 50 to 54 skein spin count and a fiber of 27 to 31 microns in diameter with medium coarse crimp and 2.5 to 4" staple length.
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Ok this is update for:
where they were asking about where to get cute but not so darn girly babydoll accessories.. kbtoys having HUGE sale..
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