wool journey

The Wool Journey Part 16 and postscript: Labelling

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9 June, 2019 - 18:55 | Sue Blacker

To be honest, labelling is possibly even more complicated than actually making yarns.  And of course we cannot spin yarns about our yarns.  Well, we can and do in describing the concepts, ideas and thinking behind designing a yarn, but not when describing the dimensions, weight and composition!

Also labels full of technnical information are not particularly photogenic, though we do try our best with Blacker Yars ballbands.

The Wool Journey Part 14: single or plied yarns?

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27 May, 2019 - 17:05 | Sue Blacker

So at last our journey is getting to the finishing stages: we have a yarn!  However, it is a single yarn: twisted in one direction only.  Single yarns alone are prone to kink or to make a garment or sock spiral if over-twisted, but if they are not twisted enough they fall apart.  So getting the correct twist is important for the end use as well as for the handle and balance of the yarn.  The key is both to have sufficient twist to hold the yarn together for its designed purpose and to have no more than sufficient twist in order to maintain softness, bulk and memory characteristics of the wool.

The Wool Journey Part 8: all clean and tidy!

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13 March, 2018 - 10:14 | Sue Blacker

Scouring and drying: the first stage of processing

We are starting with wool, mohair or alpaca (or indeed cashmere) which has already been sorted and graded and is therefore a pile of similar or mixed fibres ready to be transformed into felt or a yarn.

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