Interesting Combination

I picked up some 50/50 wool/flax fiber on a destash board on Ravelry awhile back. I haven’t had much of an opportunity to spin with it, but finished a spindle full awhile back. Well, this fiber happens to be one of the projects left untouched by my packing obsession, since it’s currently already begun, and so I figured I’d keep at it. I am just about finished now, with just a short amount left to spin.


Then, I’ll ply this weekend, and start on my second color of the stuff.

To be honest, the blend is pretty tough to spin. Or, maybe I should just say it takes some getting used to. I have to spin far slower with it, it requires less twist than most of my wool blends, and if too much twist is in there, the resulting kinks are quite hard and scratchy. However, once I get into a groove, it goes ok. But, probably not something I’ll pick up again unless I have a very specific project in mind for it.

3 thoughts on “Interesting Combination

  1. I attempted spinning linen on its own with an old-fashioned flax wheel at a guild meeting and it was AWFUL. One thing you need when spinning flax on its own is water- your fingers have to be wet to make the fibers more pliable and since they’re so long, they don’t need a lot of twist to hold together. Perhaps wetting your fingers a bit will help?

  2. I’ll try that with the next batch! I am using support spindles that tend to spin slowly as a general rule, which is helping a ton. But, I still find myself drawing out more fiber to get rid of twist that has built up too much in the single I just drafted.

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