Creating Bison Yarn and Llama yarn

While in Taos, NM last year I bought an ounce of bison/silk roving with silk noils added to the fiber. The fiber comes from the Buffalo Wool Company. Equipped with a Russian Spindle I was able to create a fingering weight single yarn. It would have been thinner but the noils stuck out so I tried to make the fibers the same width as the puffs. Then I learned about Andean plying and wrapped the fibers around one hand to create a 2 ply yarn on the same spindle. It was a great learning experience although using the Andean method is not really good with lots of fiber.

Bison fiber on the Russian Spindle

Bison fiber on the Russian Spindle

Starting to ply yarn

Starting to ply yarn

2 ply bison silk yarn

2 ply bison silk yarn

My second project on the spindles was with Llama roving purchased at Taos too. This fiber I believe was from the Rocky Mountain Llama and Alpaca Association. So far I had spun short fibers on the Russian spindles and wanted to see how a long fiber worked on this tool. It was absolutely fabulous and I think it made quite a pretty yarn too. I learned to predraft the roving a lot to get the fibers to thinness i wanted in the finally product. Pre-drafting allowed me to spin the fibers quicker than trying to draft as I was spinning.  I am so thrilled with this yarn that it will be entered into yarn competitions this spring/summer.  I only spun an ounce but as you can see from photos it created quite a bit of yarn.  Still need to measure each of these but I do like the finished product.

Llama rovind

Llama Roving

Llama to be plied

Llama to be plied

2ply Llama Yarn

2ply Llama Yarn

Next time we will discuss my experience with angora fiber along with cotton!

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