Summer Spinning

Summer spinnin' gonna have me a blast. Summer spinnin' bobbins fillin' so fast. Met a wheel crazy for me. Met a fiber soft as can be. Summer spinnin' drafting away to, oh, oh those summer yarns. Tell me more, tell me more how much did you spin? Tell me more, tell me more, what weight was it in?

Monday, July 10, 2006

I think I may have underestimated my abilities...

I managed to get out of going to the Great Escape yesterday and I took advantage of the time to myself to ply. The above is 368 yards of two-ply (that is right now soaking, but I couldn't wait to post a photo). It's my first yarn that is long enough that I can actually knit something with it. I know I need to work on my plying - I think that I don't have enough twist, although the skein hung dead straight when I took it off the niddy-noddy. I don't know if I should up my goal now since I completed this so quickly? Maybe now I should try to spin a true laceweight? (so far I've only been able to do fingering weight) I've requested the very fast flyer for my birthday so I should have the means by next week...?


At 8:28 AM, Blogger sopranospinner said...

Remember that if your singles have been on the bobbin, say, overnight, they have temporarily set and the "hanging dead straight" test won't work for the plying. Your best bet is to let a little piece twist back on itself and then put it in hot water to let the twist reactivate. Then ply like that piece and don't bother hanging the yarn.

My experience is that when plying set singles there is a moment where it kind of goes "poof". I think this is when the fibers are straightish in the ply (they should be for a balanced yarn). Then I wind on. This is somewhat later than the hanging straight test would make out.

Have fun!

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Jinann said...

Looks great! It's true about the setting of the singles. I still haven't mastered the knack of getting it right when the yarn has been sitting. I'll have to try the "hot water" soak that sopranospinner mentions. (I too have some plied yarn that has very minimal I'm a bit worried about that too).

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Designedly, Kristi said...

Sopranospinner's tip of taking a bit of the relaxed single, letting it twist back on itself and put it in hot matter to reactivate the twist works great. Otherwise, what we were taught in my spinning class was once we have the single looking how we'd like to pull some off the bobbin, let a good size twist back on itselve and then tie that into a little bracelet. Then you can stop and let the singles twist back and compare with your sample "bracelet" periodically to make sure you're putting in the same amount of twist through out your spinning sessions. Then, when it comes time to ply you ply to match that bracelet. This method has really helped my spinning even out and helps keep me consistent on larger spinning projects that might span a long period of time.

Also, remember if you've underplyed your yarn (for me it usually appears a little kinky after the washing, but doesn't necessarily look particularly unbalanced) you can run it back through the wheel in the plying direction to add more ply into the yarn. You just want to the take up tension set pretty high so it takes it up quickly. The same is true for overplied (ie. when you are first trying Navajo plying, at least for me, I spent too much time deal with the loops while still spinning away) you can also run the ran through in the direction you spun the singles to take out some of the ply twist. Again, you'll want the take up tension pretty tight as you don't often need to take away or add too much twist.


At 5:48 PM, Blogger Sharon said...

I was glad to hear what Kristi had to say, because that is what I do. I didn't know if it would work when I first tried it - IT WORKS FANTASTIC!!

I had never heard of anyone plying teh same yarn two times before. I just thought it made sense. If it wasn't plied enough to run it through again with a quick take up. I also find I can control my twist better the second time through and have a more consistent, even twist.

I have run an over twisted single back through to release some of the twist. I put the lazy kate at the opposite end of the house and run the entire length of my house to let the twist even itself out BEFORE I attempt to ply it. I learned this trick of putting the lazy kate all the way across the room from Stephenie Gaustad (she is Alden Amos' wife).

I was lucky enough to take a class on yarn structure from her when I had only been spinning for about 3 weeks. I wish I could take that class again today. I'd probably understand a lot more now. My head was spinning, (pardon the pun) I was so overwhelmed at that time.

At 5:54 PM, Blogger Sharon said...

BTW - Congrats - it's going to look terrific. Take another picture once the twist is set.
I'd love to see the final yarn.I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the colors. :D


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