I have spent a bit of on line time recently with those lovely spinning people at Ravelry. Apart from learning loads from their posts and marvelling at the beautiful things people are making out there – I have been led astray.
Yes, I am ashamed to admit that I have tried and spectacularly failed to resist the temptation that is Botany Lap Waste! My parcel arrived yesterday which included 1kg of these bits and pieces – what an interesting experience! The lap waste consists of broken tops and little wads of all different colours and kinds of fibres. It is a wonderful opportunity to really feel fibres. Nothing is labelled, so it could be anything which means that one has to really ‘feel’ the fibre and sense differences in texture, softness and lustre and look for the staple length in order to guess what it might be and in many cases what it has been blended with.
I have a few ideas of what I would like to do with some of the fibre and my daughter is using it to practise with her drop spindle so she can demonstrate spindle spinning at our next craft fayre.