Brushed Yarn

The themes for this month’s Spinner Central Spin-a-Long are Goat, Brushed Yarn and/or Cool Colours. As part of my "catch up on all clubs by the end of the year" goal, I decided to work on my Spunky Eclectic Club Fibre from June 2008 - "Flowering Weeds" - 70% Merino/30% Mohair.

I’ve never made a brushed yarn before, so I decided to give it a go. I rigged up the following hardware:

Brushed Yarn

The brush is an everyday stiff-bristled laundry brush. I set it up so the yarn was just being tickled by the brush as I wound it. Here is what I did to get the height just right - I used the wooden block from my Majacraft wool combs and a piece of cardboard :-)

Here it is after I wound and re-wound it five times. I didn’t expect it to get much fuzzier than this (since the yarn is only 30% mohair) so I decided to call it quits and skein it off.

Brushed Yarn

8 Responses to “Brushed Yarn”

  1. Amelia, belle of The Bellwether Says:

    oooh, I can so see this being woven into a lap blanket! delightful — thanks for the great pictorial.

  2. David Says:

    Thanks Amelia! A woven item is an excellent idea.

  3. Micki Says:

    Your brush + ball winder setup is pure genius! Lovely yarn too.

  4. LittleBerry Says:

    you never fail to amaze me David :o)

  5. Wollhuhn Says:

    Very interesting, thank you!

  6. sgeddes Says:

    Oh wow! What an interesting process. The reuslts are lovely.
    Thank you for posting the info

  7. Stell Says:

    ooo neat, tell me/us does this make for a fuzzier yarn than would happen with usual knitting and wear - or does it just speed up the halo process a little. I do like the idea - I’m a technique geek at heart.

  8. Jamisyn Says:

    Huh, never thought of doing that. It’s a lovely effect, for sure!

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