these are a few…

of our favorite things!  some spinning survey results… if i missed your favorite spinning thing, please add to the list by commenting on this post!

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What I really like is when I go to a festival, or out to someone’s house, get some fleece, and wash and pick it, and then spin it, not carded or anything… My other favorite thing is using the drum carder and making bats. Lovely. I like to use angora, baby alpaca, alpaca, and mohair-carded or in locks thrown in. – Natalie

I can tell you that I am finding that I like natural dyes best because they leave the fiber feeling softer in most cases. – Mia

I am all about the superfine supersoft spinning. –Karen

As far as prep is concerned, I love it all. Carding by hand, spinning from the lock, minimally processed farm rovings, and super-combed top. It just depends on what I’m going for with my finished yarn. In general, though, my favorite things to work with are farm roving and hand-teased locks. – Shannon

I love the texture of “farm” fiber- how the locks are still stuck together, and it LOOKS like sheep fluff, not a mysterious bleach white “fiber.” – Natalie

wensleydale-have done top, (sliver) and love love love it. I love longwools best, I think. – Jamie

prepping a fleece yourself will yield you the nicest fibre because it’s all from the one animal. Commercial top is a combination of the fleece of so many animals, and since quality and diameter vary from sheep to sheep, you’re getting a mix of the best AND worst. Farm prep, from their own flock, is great stuff because it’s fibre combined from only their (usually well-cared for) flock. –Maggie

I’ve also spun from hand-carded batts and love that experience. –Christy

The locks were great to spin–but combing them into clouds was soooooo tedious! It was, however, worth it for the resulting lush softness. The cormo is from the same farm (Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm), and is an absolute dream, just beautiful. –Maggie

I try to get my hands on a variety of different fibres and from many different places. My favorite is from a family friend’s sheep. She does most of the shearing, washing, sorting etc. but sends it away to a woolen mill to become roving or yarn. Its Cotswool but amazingly soft & springy. –Gen

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