Alba Ranch Changes

Alba Ranch Changes

I have had a break from most yarn spinning due to goat kid season. Although I have still got a little spinning in between all the Ranch goings on.

Handspun Art Yarn

This time of year brings bottle babies, training new goats to the milk stand, getting used to milking numerous goats again and than the fun times of weaning the goat kids.

Goat Kid Stop and Smell the Daffies

We have also been doing some tree felling, getting the trails back into shape, and some much needed clean up around the property.

Crossover Trail

Of course it has to look worse before it can look better. But here are a few shots during this summer to catch you up with changes here at Alba Ranch.

Woolee Ann E Spinner

Woolee Ann E Spinner

My Woolee Ann e spinner has arrived. It can spin up to 2000 rpm which is four times the maximum of my last e spinner. I am a bit odd because I enjoy spinning art yarn at high speeds.

Woolee Ann E Spinner

Most art yarn Bulky e spinners can not keep up with me. They just are not fast enough and do not have a strong enough take up. Let’s see what we can do with this machine.

First few spins with WooleeAnn

All the white on the right half and the mini blue skein in the middle is my FIRST spin on my new WooleeAnn e spinner.

Close up art yarn

All the mohair yarn on the left side is my second and third spins on the Woolee Ann when I first spun my signature lockspinning textured yarn.

Pippa’s Mohair Yarn spun on Woolee Ann E spinner

So far so good spinning with the Woolee Ann. I need more time to try other yarns and ply structures. I have managed to ply an entire bobbin in about 15 minutes. That is bulky art yarn spinning while still manipulating some of the locks to leave tails hanging out. I think I like it a lot.

My Mohair Art Yarn Project

My Mohair Art Yarn Project

My Mohair Project. Sheep vs Goat.

I wanted to know: Can I lockspin mohair yarn like I do sheep longwool?

2 months, 10+ fleeces washed, processed and in various stages of spinning….I am nearing an answer.

Each label is a separate fleece except top right. It is a combination of 2 fleeces from 2 different goats. And bottom 2 right are the same goat but 2 separate fleeces from said goat.

My Mohair Project

10 separate angora goats covering 11 different fleeces.

Some bulky art yarn skeins have already sold…note the skinnier amount in the label. Large amounts in one label is mutiple skeins of a larger yardage. I have found a style of handspinning Bulky art yarn that is pure mohair and I LOVE it.

I just wanted a bit of a visual record.

Whew have I been busy!!