What’s on my wheel?

A few months ago, I wanted to spin  some Yak fiber and I purchased a pound from Peace of Yarn. I don’t know why I assumed  that it would come in a form of roving (Yes, don’t make assumptions, especially with exotic fibers). And to my surprised, the Yak has a really short staple. About a inch to be more exact!

Yak fiber

short staple

And there was not roving. I thought  to myself “There is a mistake here!” I ordered “ready to spin Yak” !!!! Well, it actually comes in soft clouds of fiber. Disappointed, I left the plastic bag in the corner for months, avoiding to even look at it. But it was there, waiting patiently for me. And from time to time I would look at the bag and then look rapidly at something else. Pretending  that it didn’t exist.

Yak fiber

I finally decided to give it a shot. Surprise, surprise! It is actually very easy to spin! I set up my spinning wheel at a high ratio, which I have never done before, and start spinning a fine single. I’m quite satisfied with it, the only thing is that is going to take a long time before I can spin the whole thing! I haven’t even made a dent to the damn bag!

Yak yarnMaybe I will try the Navajo ply with it, since is thin enough…

I’m also spinning some camel mixed with silk on my Mach 1. This fiber spins like butter! I find that it is easier to pre draft the roving, because is sooo slippery, I feel that this way I can have a bit more of control over the thickness and uniformity of the yarn.


I will leave this as a single, and knit a circular shrug like this one.

Fall 2005 issue of Vogue Knitting

Fall 2005 issue of Vogue Knitting

I also got a bag of  llama from my friend Greg. It was such a generous gift from him. I don’t know how he could part with it! Lucky me!


I’m having a great time spinning it. And I enjoy every single step of the process. I make small rollags with my hand carders before spinning it.

Hand carded llama

Llama rolags

I think I will ply it. I’m picturing a double ply yarn and maybe a warm fuzzy hat! I just love the color!

Llama fiber

I will leave you with a picture of a Yak in Nepal that I founded in Wikipedia

A yak in Nepal

A yak in Nepal

If you want more info about this fiber, click at the picture to go to Wikipedia.


5 thoughts on “What’s on my wheel?

  1. Hi Pat – Yak looks really lovely colour – is it really soft as it looks it – and the llama is definitely one of the next fibres i must try too 🙂

    you have a mach 1 wheel – Im envious! 1000 😉


  2. All look lovely! I have been trying to spin a lot of different fibers. It’s the only way to learn about the differences between them.


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