How can I spin "hairy" yarn?
There's a type of yarn/spinning called lock spinning or
tail spinning; the idea is to start with washed locks,
and that you end up with yarn with "curls" coming out all
I've done this two ways: with short-staple kid mohair locks,
I took a fine yarn singles and while plying the fine yarn,
"inserted" the mohair locks as I went. The plying yarn grabbed
them and held them, and since my hands were busy with the
plying, the tendency to want to smooth them was stifled -- mostly.
Or with just locks, take the locks at the cut end, hit that end
with a flicker to open it up, then draft from there; you keep
adding locks, and you have to _let_go_ of each lock when there's
1/2 to 1 inch left of curl -- let it run free of the singles you are spinning.
You can either ply this on itself (for a fairly bulky yarn) or ply it
with thread. Usually mine is pretty highly twisted, so I don't want
to leave it as singles.
(posted without picture by me on Spindlers this day)
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Thanks for that Amelia, I like to pick up spinning tips. Especially how to make funky yarn!
Some details on "core spinning" which can be used with locks to spin a curly yarn: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~handspin/inlay10.htm
And here's a nice photo of some tailspun yarn:
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