I showed great restraint this year at Fibres West and limited myself to two purchases. Here is the first – 56 grams of 100% Canadian Cashmere cloud from Heide at Harmony Cashmere. I have never been happy with my spinning of cashmere and decided this is the year to return to this gorgeous fibre to see what I can do. I spent yesterday and this morning exploring which fibre prep and spinning draft works best for me. In the end I decided to use my Schacht 208 cotton cards, a worsted backward draft and I am finally in my happy place with cashmere.
The four main things I have done differently this time around:
- Taking Heide’s suggestion to heart, I have not treated the cashmere with kid gloves. Her advice “Pretend you are spinning dryer lint.” Mighty fine dryer lint I must say; but shifting my attitude helped reduce the fear factor of ruining something precious, to go with my gut and try a different fibre preparation technique. Although I am using the cotton cards for the fibre preparation, I am not making puni-type rolags. Instead, I am pulling the fibre off the cards in a worsted fashion.
- I am spinning the wee sliver using a backward worsted draft instead of the woollen draft I used the last time around.
- Again led by Heide….I am adding way more twist that I ever thought the cashmere could handle.
- And last but not least, I keep reminding myself to think tiny movements with a delicate touch. This helps me to bring my spinning skills down to a miniature level if you will and to use a lighter touch than normal.
I will let you know how I fair after the cashmere singles are spun, plied and finished. It may take me a while mind you…a little cashmere goes a very long way!
Cheers all, Kim
PS A few more photos for you to enjoy!