It’s been too long since my last spinning project and I’m not sure why, exactly. Fortunately, it’s just like riding a bicycle.
Boy 1 was having “lessons” for a while so a bobbin was tied up with his learning yarn…but I finally decided to take back the wheel. He helped me pick this roving – remember the BFL I won in novamade’s contest last summer?
I divided it into 3 equal(ish) parts using my scale and began spinning. I finished the first bobbin and realized I would need to clear some leftover fiber off two bobbins in order to make this 3-ply yarn (I only own 4 bobbins). After a somewhat frustrating time re-teaching myself to Navajo ply (thank goodness for YouTube), I got this little 17-yard skein: And I tried my best to Navajo ply Boy 1’s singles, but they were so uneven that it kept breaking. I got this far (36 g) before just throwing the rest out in a small fit of temper: Once I cleared the bobbins, I walked away for a day and came back to spin these: Ahhhhhh, better. The singles have been plied now and the finished yarn is drying – I’ll show pictures tomorrow!
And… I’ve decided that it’s time to learn the long draft. I want to be able to get a fluffier, loftier, woolen-style yarn. My current (and only) technique is for worsted-style yarn, created without allowing any twist to enter the drafting zone. It makes denser, drapier yarn.
I read a post on a Ravelry forum that the MDSW catalogs are out – someone got theirs in the mail on Saturday. Not me, though. Maybe tomorrow?!??