spun hemp

Back in July, I got some different fibers to play with on the spinning wheel. Sometime last month, I finished spinning up the two or so ounces of hemp.

Let’s just say I’m not a fan.

The fiber felt a bit greasy and looked very coarse. I had a bowl of water nearby for dipping my fingers as I spun, which helped. It’s softer than it looks (this is a very relative term here), and I hear that, like linen, it’ll soften with washing and wearing. I’m thinking this bit will do well as washcloths.

This,
halcyon heemp

Became 400 yards of single ply,
spun hemp (1)

It really stunk when I wet it, and whew, did it make the water filthy! It also coiled tightly on itself. But I beat it pretty well, and it evened out some…
spun hemp (3)

I think it came out fine… for washcloths…
spun hemp (2)

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    andrea said,

    September 20, 2012 @ 6:19 am

    I love rading about you fiber adventures. this hemp sounds a little rough for washclothes. How about a market bag or something that wouldn’t touch the skin. I like the look, color and texture though. Very earthy.

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    Dave Daniels said,

    September 20, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Nicely done! I had/have some hemp fiber, but didn’t have much like for the feel for it. Your yarn looks great!

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