December 3, 2008

Brushed Yarn

Filed under: Uncategorized — David @ 6:49 am

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


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

    Comment by Amelia, belle of The Bellwether — December 3, 2008 @ 7:54 am

  2. Thanks Amelia! A woven item is an excellent idea.

    Comment by David — December 3, 2008 @ 8:14 am

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

    Comment by Micki — December 3, 2008 @ 9:20 am

  4. you never fail to amaze me David :o)

    Comment by LittleBerry — December 3, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

  5. Very interesting, thank you!

    Comment by Wollhuhn — December 3, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

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

    Comment by sgeddes — December 4, 2008 @ 7:07 am

  7. 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.

    Comment by Stell — December 24, 2008 @ 9:31 am

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

    Comment by Jamisyn — January 17, 2009 @ 1:11 am

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