Spinning locks

One of my rules for stitches midwest last year was to only buy fiber prepared in ways I had not spun before.  So the only fiber I picked up was silk hankies, sone wool with sparkle, and dyed locks.

Even though I don’t prefer artistic novelty yarn, I wanted to experience spinning from the lock.  So I found some dyed locks at the booth that was selling BMFA products.


I loved the curliness factor and the dye is way richer than the pictures make it out to be.

What I didn’t expect, and this could have just been ignorance on my part, was the grease.  For those of you spinners, do all dyed locks come in the grease?  Is that just part of spinning locks?

So I am spinning dyed locks in the grease, and if you ask me, I might as well have a painted sheep on my bobbin.


I am really trying to subdue my precision spinning nature in order to allow the locks to be nice and curly and fuzzy.  I had to quit yesterday because:

#1 I was trying to force spring upon me and I spun outside, making my hands too cold to go on.

#2 I just couldn’t stand the thick and thin anymore and needed to think it through for awhile.

Maybe I’ll be able to finish this up later today.

4 thoughts on “Spinning locks

  1. I know what you mean about wanting the yarn to be consistent. I have been trying to convince myself that thick and thin is artistic, not something to be overcome.

    I have personally purchased locks that were not greasy in the slightest. It makes me wonder, how well will the dye hold when you wash it?

    This might sound strange, but I never thought to spin the locks as they were. I used wool combs to make them into nice, neat little tufts of prepared, organized fiber. For what it’s worth, I really do like the way your singles is turning out.

  2. I thought that the grease should be taken out before dyeing. You don’t say whether you’re using a comb or flick carder to tease out the locks, but there are no rights and wrongs with any craft. The result may not be what you had in mind, but your ‘painted sheep’ looks fascinating and there may be a project that it suits perfectly!

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