So, I love fiber! Specifically, I love to spin fiber!! Ever since I knew that spinning was a real thing and not just some fantasy in Rumpelstilskin. I have struggled with getting consistent results though. Most of the time because I lacked the time. Before we moved, I was working a lot!! I knew that once we did move to Tennessee, that work would be a lot harder to come by….sure enough, I was right. So, now I have time, but not so much in the ways of talent.
One of the best things that I did was purchase the Eszee Twist Tool from Camaj Fiber Artist! Geese Louise, this is really a nuts and bolts on how to spin and a fantastic guide on how to be consistent and planning out what you actually want!!
It has a great rigid card that helps you gauge out your wraps per inch, WPI, so you will know if you are being consistent. The booklet has tons of helpful information, such as how thin does each single need to be for whatever your finished plyed yarn will be. I’m still too inconsistent, but so far this little tool has helped keep me on track. It’s quite possible that the fleece I got is pretty lousy too – I’m not really experienced enough, but I think it’s fairly full of second cuts. I’m just rolling with it as a practice fleece. I carded the fleece and I’m attempting to spin it woolen to have a ‘true’ woolen spun wool. Even though it’s not great, I am learning a lot. Finished on the bobbin – having that sorta fuzzy look is common with woolen spun wool. Creates air spaces which helps keep you warm, kniting it will have less stitch definition. The bad part is it’s not ‘hard wearing’ like worsted wool, so it will tend to pill. Worsed wool is denser – all of the fibers are paralell, which makes it harder wearing, but less warm. When knitted it will have clearer stiches, which may be part of the design considerations, such as with cables.
I spun four bobbins of singles clockwise, then plyed two together in the counterclockwise direction to create these two skeins of wool. This is before they have been wetted to set the twist. They are twisting to the left, which as I understand it, means that I overspun the singles. Once wetted, then dried, they should be even.
This is my spinning wheel, a Kromski Sonata. It’s my only wheel and I think it’s a pretty good one. It has a scotch tension, which is something I wanted because it’s easier for a beginner. Keeping the bobbins on separate sides helps to keep the singles separate and untangled. I tried to ply off the Lazy Kate (on the left) with two bobbins on it, but that didn’t work well for me.
I really enjoy the double treadle and once I get into it, spinning is sort of medatative for me. As a hobby, there are lots of avenues to explore in the fiber arts. I will be busy & interested for a long time.