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Jul 29

Default Yarn – Judy Pagels


Most of my spinning for the past couple of years has been done right here at Schacht. Lucky for me one of my responsibilities was test-spinning on the wheels. When I have the opportunity to spin at my own lovely cherry Matchless, my default yarn tends to be similar to what I spin at work. It’s always short draw since that is ideal when viewing a wheel’s performance. More often than not I fall into the same type of spinner as when testing.

After plying, Judy gives her yarn a SOAK – she loves this yarn wash

One difference between work and play is the fiber. At Schacht, we typically test the wheels using Bluefaced Leicester. At my own wheel, which I confess currently doesn’t get very much mileage, (don’t be fooled – this will change for Spinzilla!) I enjoy spinning with luxury fibers. From our monthly lunchtime spinning sessions at work my bobbin was filling with one of the most luscious yarns. Earlier in the year I bought some of Lucky Cat Craft’s 70% Ultrafine Polwarth and 30% Muga Silk. This yarn has received many ooohs and aaahs and is a lovely shade of brown, one of my very favorite colors. Brown has countless virtues – it can be natural, elegant, comfortable, enduring, humble, bold, dependable…  Not to mention the color of one of the most endearing animals, the donkey.

Judy can’t help but take photos of every donkey she sees!

In addition to this yarn’s perfect color it has a luster that cannot be captured on film. Trust me – it is yummy!  I do not yet have an intended end use for this yarn but it may be combined with my next default yarn, Lucky Cat Craft’s 33% Yak, 33% Camel and 33% Muga Silk – a heavenly shade of brown.