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TBW-1001 Exotic Fiber Spindling and Lace Shawlette
Exotic fiber spindling ... have you wanted to master spindle-spinning fine, short-stapled fibers like cashmere, camel, and yak, but found them more challenging than wool? This 8-page e-tutorial contains the instructions to do that, and provides a lovely shawl knitting pattern for the yarn you'll spin up. Readers of Productive Spindling will recognize my thorough approach to the topic at hand.
This e-tutorial on fine spindling discusses which spindles spin fine fibers, ways to control fiber and drafting for spinning the finest we can, and recommended methods for plying fine singles. Lightweight (half-ounce) top-whorl spindles, Akha spindles, and fine handcards with a dowel are used. This e-tutorial is geared to spindle spinners who are comfortable spinning and plying on drop spindles. It's a great add-on to Productive Spindling!
The booklet is 8 pages, color, scaled for printing and reading with Adobe Reader version 8 or newer.
In addition to spinning techniques, knitting instructions are given for a shawlette with winged edges, perfect for your own unique handspun whether you knit it in garter stitch or include a lace pattern. The shawlette shown here is spindle-spun llama, and includes a lace pattern.
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