Have you tried spinning faux cashmere?
|Patsy spins: "nylon faux cashmere and fine wool Illegal yarn, cabled for nice texture." Photo: Patsy Zawistoski.|
I love my Facebook feed. Handspinning friends make up at least half of my social media contacts, so I am greeted with fibers, beautiful yarns, and brimming bobbins each day. Recently, one of Christiane Knight's posts for her Baltimore shop, ThreeRavens Fiber Studio, caught my eye. She had been dyeing gorgeous, handpainted braids of faux cashmere, which are a popular item in her online shop. This particular batch was headed to Madison Wool, a yarn and fiber shop in Connecticut. Christiane says, "I really enjoy spinning the faux cash—it's a touch staticky, but the hand is easy and lovely. The yarn it makes is so bouncy!"
Patsy Sue Zawistoski (also known as PatsyZ) teaches a range of classes about synthetic and manufactured fibers and explores a number of options available to handspinners in her DVD Spinning the New Fibers. She shares this about faux cashmere:
"Soft, fluffy, dye-able, blend-able, economical fake cashmere, is one of the nylon microfibers introduced at the turn of the century. The length and feel is closest to a very fine crimpy, Merino, but with that soft cashmere feel. I love how it can be blended in with my wools and add a softer hand at a very low cost. The yarns can be puffier and strong even with low to medium twist and are great for creating textured spiral yarns. Since it is heat sensitive, it's best to use it in knitted items that aren't pressed with a hot iron. Although the yarn can be 100% faux cashmere, I still enjoy it the most in a blend."