Ya’ll have been right patient, so here ya go, pictures of the (unspun) fiber love from Zib the Extraordinary, Zib the Generous, Zib the Insane in All the Right Ways:
Bottom-whorl drop spindle. Now, this is the opposite of Zib’s spindle which is, I guess, a top-whorl spindle, but I’m sure I can find some videos online about how to spin with it.
Let’s see if I can remember what this stuff is…the white stuff is silk tops (as opposed to silk hankies)…um, or IS it hankies?…no, I’m pretty sure it’s not hankies….don’t remember what the brown stuff is (Help! Zib!). It’s very soft, though, so it might be mohair. I don’t think it’s camel. Wait! I remember now — it’s alpaca! Yupp. That’s why it’s so soft.
These little guys are silkworm cocoons. Zib has better pictures (of course).
Oh, dear. I foolishly recycled the paper that came with this. Hang on a moment….(dashes to laundry room)…uh, yupp. Hang on….(looks at pippikneesocks’ web site)…OK, I’m 90% sure this is wool top. Aren’t the colors gorgeous? Should I spin it, design something for it, and call it Zib? or Catania? or Commie Bar? (Oh, wait; that would need to be red.) If it were yellow, I could call it Limoncello…
OK, the spindle is there for size reference. There’s no way I could do the color justice. Here in my lame picture, it looks grey. Nope, it’s a wonerful deep charcoalpurpleishwonderfulishwithvaryingshadeofitself color. I’m pretty sure it’s either mohair or a wool/mohair blend. Soooo soft, as in you want to floof it and roll around on it.
Now, to get up the guts to actually DO something with it! Kiddo, come give this signora some lessons; she forgot already!