Yak, Jacob, and a small rant

Found a great spindle box for my Tudor Rose spindle and started spinning some grey yak down.

Spindle and box.

The box is a birch wine bottle box with a leather tie, it holds the spindle and a good lump of fibre. The yak is from Crown Mountain Farms, very soft and fluffy, but lacking in structure. It feels similar to the camel down I just finished.

I’m also spinning undyed Jacob roving on Chorlton, my Louet S10 wheel. It’s not as soft as BFL or Merino, but it feels good. I’m aiming for a sport weight Navajo ply with stripes of chocolate and vanilla. It smells sheepy, there are occasional bits of vegetable matter in the roving, and I love it! Spun a foot of each colour Thursday night to my favourite movie (Pitch Black – "You said it was clear!" "I said it looked clear." "Well, how does it look now?" "Looks clear.").

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It bugs me when people dismiss Louet wheels as only capable of thick singles and bulky yarn. I spun fingering to lace weight 2 ply silk on it last year, and I’m easily getting light sport weight to fingering weight from it.

I like the big 6oz bobbins, the "designed by IKEA" look, and the fact that assembly was just putting in three bolts and tightening them (unlike the Ashford Kiwi, which was a jigsaw puzzle). If someone gave me a Schacht Matchless or a Majacraft Rose, I’d take it in a heartbeat, but they’re outside my budget and Chorlton spins very well. Give Louet a chance!

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2 thoughts on “Yak, Jacob, and a small rant”

  1. It looks like your lovely Tudor Rose has found a good home!

    I totally agree with you on the S-10. I use mine quite a lot, and it’s also hard to beat for portability – I can tie mine down in the back of the Outback and go anywhere.

  2. And the Victoria has plenty of admirers! I tried it once and it wasn’t for me, but for portability I don’t think it can be beat, even by a Joy.

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