Lazy, rainy and cold Sunday. I'm watching Uk Masterchef and making 'fauxlags'. They are like rolags that you make with hand cards. but these are made with a commercial combed top.
I have used HF Polwarth fibre, a club colourway.Why would one make these you ask? Well, I did it mainly for colour management. I'm looking for a mottled gradient of colours. Also, it gives you an opportunity to practice long-draw woolen spinning technique. I have made a little picture tutorial on how I made my fauxlags. Click for a bigger picture. (and excuse the chipped nail polish!) Pre-draft your fibre first, it needs to be light and fluffy before you start rolling it onto a pencil or something similar.
As you spin these little cocoons the air get's trapped in the spiral-like unwinding of the fibre. In theory, resulting in a lofty, woolen spun single, but without the lengthy process of hand-carding. I will put this to the test, I'm very curious, if the spun yarn will be any squishier.
Here they are, arranged by colour.
I enjoyed making the fauxlags a lot, it's just something different to do with your combed top.I think Floyd wants to steal one... But he is forgiven today, as he's undergoing a massive surgery tomorrow - his hip is dislocated. Fingers crossed for him tomorrow, hope everything goes well.