I thought about posting photos of this in the Spin-a-Long, then decided I better just add a blog about it since I have almost the whole process in photo form here. :) I'm really enjoying spinning on my spindles. Nutty4Knitting said it takes 10 minutes to learn, but takes a lifetime of practice. Well, I'm going to share with you why I need to keep practicing. You might remember the fiber I dyed with koolaid? I dyed one sleeve of Knit Picks Bare Wool of the Andes, let it dry and then started spinning. :) I was going for a lace-weight and it ended up pretty fine, but have a gander and I'll tell you the rest of the story.
Newly dyed and braided roving. (Kermit yarn used elsewhere. 8P)
In spinning process.
All 100 g spun up! Don't know why I kept grabbing an empty spindle to use instead of making one do all the work, but the singles are all pretty much the same size. Don't know why- they really shouldn't be. :)
This spindle is now named Chub Chub!! Lovingly named because he plied all 100g of that all by himself in one sitting! My! What a horse! Lol. (Well, one day, anyway- not one sitting. My hands are tired today from all of that yesterday!)
Singles don't look too bad in this shot. Get ready- we're getting to the 'learning' part.
Still doesn't look too horrible?
Look at that going over the penny- is there ONE twist in that!! My singles were soooo overspun that they didn't want to ply AT ALL!! It was like one ply was oil and one was water. No cohesion whatsoever!! I worked hard not to over-ply because I knew that would add to the agony, but in agony I am!! I counted as I skeined this on my swift. It's 416 yards (with my swift set at 42" to adjust for shrinkage in the bath) of overspun mess! Lol! So my spinning lesson learned: Yes, I have learned to spin, but I have not yet learned when to QUIT spinning the spindle. :) As you can see in the hot tub shot, the singles are pretty kinky. Looks like I'm trying to drown a pretty funky looking poodle. :) Hopefully it will come out all right! It's not laceweight, but I'm very happy with 416 yards. Actually about twice the weight of Shadow lace yarn since that's 440 yards in 50 g. I could actually make socks with this! Hmm... might have to think some more about that. :)
I'll post pictures of the dry yarn in the comments section at a later date. :) If I don't remember, somebody holler!
So for my next spinning? Finish up the Navajo plied KP Wota on my Jasper spindle. And plan what to do with the KP merino/silk I have en route. ;) Looking forward to it! Hopefully I can make something with it that resembles rope just a little less!
I saw some really fantastic pictures online just in the last few days about how to check your spinning as you're going- to know if you have enough or not enough twist in it. Can't locate them now, of course. I'll search and link to them later if I can find them.