Monday, April 19, 2010

You spin me right round baby, right round!

I plied the yarns that I had together to practice and these are the results. They are by all means "interesting" looking. The plying was relatively easier than spinning them sort of like twisting fringe unless of course I didn't that wrong, but they seemed ok to me, they lay flat when I un-skein them.

I'm still practicing and I think I'm getting a bit better. This is my third attempt and it seems to be going better and the yarn is a lot thinner and more even through out the spinning.

I'm separating the roving into thinner strips and drafting? (tugging it thinner) before I spin, it seems to help me get it more consistent thickness than drafting as I spin. I don't know if that's the correct thing to do, but I've seen a few youtube videos and the spinner's were working that way so I thought I'd try it out.


Theresa said...

You ARE getting better. Good job. I always pre draft my fiber, it does make it a little easier to get a nice consistent yarn. Now tuck those first little skeins away and pull them out sometime in the future and you'll be amazed at how far you've come. :-)

Susan B. said...

And, I've been told, you'll never be able to spin this novelty yarn again so enjoy it while you have it! Are you addicted yet?

Leigh said...

I love the colors in your yarns.

You're doing it right, taking a thin strip of the roving and pulling it out a bit before spinning. When you get the individual fibers in the roving loose and separated, not stuck or clumpy, you have better control. I find that it sometimes help to take a short length of roving, hold it between my two hands, and "snap" it a couple of times. This loosens the fibers and makes them easier to work with. The thing about spinning is that it is something your hands have to learn to do. We all started in the exact same place you did. Time and practice are what makes the difference.

Delighted Hands said...

Wonderful-you are doing it! Drafting is not just for novices; it helps you get a thinner and more consistent yarn. Great work!