This is Hugo (hello Hugo!). Hugo is a Maine Coon who belongs to my wicked stepson, Nic, and his wife, Vika. Hugo is very very fluffy!! and just look at those ears!
For quite some time, Vika has been saving the fluff she brushes from him every day, and a while ago gave me a bag to spin. The spinning was amazing - like spinning clouds. It was so soft, soft, soft. But I have to admit, the preparation was a bit of a labour of love!
The problem was, each individual brushing had been made into a neat little parcel (see above) - great idea because they fit in the bag better. When it came to teasing them out though, lots of them proved to be difficult, and some impossible. I think in the process of making them into these nice little packages, the heat from her hands (and maybe slight natural moisture in the skin) has felted them. These fibres are very fine and I think are quite prone to felting. Lesson learned. I'm hoping the next lot will be just as the fibres came off the cat brush as that would make my job a whole lot easier.
Anyway, the ones I managed to pull apart (sadly there are some that I've had to discard) were carded on my fine cotton carders and made into punis (thin rolags) and spun quite finely on my Ashford Traveller.
I had hoped to get a full bobbin of this, but maybe next time!
This yarn has a fabulous halo, but I haven't managed to capture it on my photos. Maybe I needed the sun behind it.
The finished product - 35g of fingering/4-ply weight, and 106yds/98m. Not really enough to make much except maybe some leg warmers for Hugo!