Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Spinning Kai: Teasing

Once Kai Llama's beautiful fiber was washed (see Spinning Kai: Washing the Fiber) and had dried nicely in our hot New Mexico sunshine, it was time for some teasing. 

Teasing any kind of animal fiber by hand is slow business. As you can see in the photo above, a lock of fiber is grasped and the single fibers are pulled away from the lock, several at a time. When done correctly, most of the inevitable bits of dirt and vegetable matter will fall out and you will be left with a lovely pile of fiber that is ready to card.

My sister (aka Auntie Bucksnort) is both patient and meticulous, and her fiber teasing is next to perfection. I'm afraid that I am impatient and eager to get on to the next steps, so my pile of teased fibers always has some "stuff" still in it.

Never fear, there will be other chances to get the last little bits out--first, when carding; and then again when doing the actual spinning of fiber into yarn.

You can tell Gracie is concentrating on doing the best job possible
Gracie came along to help out. She is kneading the clean unteased fibers; the teased mass of airy stuff in the basket in the background is ready for the next step that I will be showing you: The Carding.  Give me a few days to finish the teasing, and I'll be glad to show you how that is done.


Jean (aka Auntie Bucksnort) said...

I'm still blown away by the adorableness of your photo at the top of your blog. Love those sweet little critters!

Happy teasing, carding and spinning. I can't wait to see the yarn.

Deb from WhatsInMyAttic said...

I'm lovin' this series. Truly, I have never seen this done, and although not totally ignorant about it all, my perception is vague and full "I think this has to be done at some point." Really labor intensive, but I'm sure your finished result is extremely satisfying!

Birdman said...

Can't wait for the rest of the story.

Ms. Becky said...

thanks for showing us the process. I love it. and I love that name - Auntie Bucksnort!!! I think this yarn is going to be lovely. happy Tuesday to you Clairz.

urban muser said...

looks like quite a process. cute cat!

Randy said...

What a cute assistant you have there.