This is another spinning project that I started within one week of owning the spinning wheel (started 12/18/12). When I went to the fiber festival, I picked up the most stunning roving (top?)There are 4 oz, 114 g of fiber that is 85% Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) and 15% silk. I am in love with this colorway (Vineyard Batik) and went to the Fiber Optic Yarns website but I was disappointed to see that almost everything was out of stock! I remember the booth at the fiber fair and it was alive with so many deep, vibrant colors. I was saving this yarn to spin in case I ended up with a spinning wheel.
I cannot wait to start spinning this. I have a big urge to try to big something thicker t han I've been spinning ~fingering weight singles, but when I plyed my last yarn, I did not end up with enough yardage for a big project. Therefore, I am going to try to spin this as thin and evenly as I can so maybe it could end up a shawl... (Not likely I'd have enough yardage, so it will more likely end up a cowl.)
Just in case I change my mind about plying, I did divide the fiber in half into two 58 g bundles. I was able to estimate it and get it almost exactly right just from the start! I can always decide half way through to just make it all a single ply, but this gives me the chance to change my mind later on.
I am still spinning on the biggest whorl I have (lowest ratio? I'm still learning the terminology. The color changes are so subtle that this is a LOVELY purple yarn. I am having so much fun!
I'm still having some issues with over twisting. Going from spinning silk to spinning wool again takes a little getting used to. (The silk can take so much twist and it was so thin.) I think I am likely treadling too fast, and not drafting quickly enough. Hopefully some of this over-twisting will relax when I set the twsti.
Ahoramente, necesito hacer un decision. (Glory, I'm thinking in Spanish! My upcoming trip to Chile is on my brain.) To ply or not to ply... Turns out, I could just wind this directly into a center pull ball and ply from the inside and outside. This way I would get no loss (like I did in this previous case where I had 20 yards extra.) I'm not going to go to a separate spindle now, and just continue spinning.
I finished spinning on 12/18/2012 (but still needed to wrap and set the twist.) Wrapping and wetting happened the next day. 211 wraps = 281 yards, 115 g, 17/18 wpi (sport weight) I am so in love with this yarn! I wish that my photographs could do the amazing color justice.
Navajo plying (where you start with one single and create a mulit-ply yarn) is something else I will need to explore in the future. I should make a list! Here are the things I want to learn off the top of my head. What else should I add to my list?
- bulky yarn
- navajo plying
- pllying from a center pull ball
- spinning art batts
- Spinning Indy's fur (after blending it with something)
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