100 Days of Spinning – Day 75

I have to admit, I was a little worried about that last batch of yarn. After I wound it off on the niddy-noddy, it actually about 25 feet longer than the previous batch of 3-ply. For the same weight of wool. That goes back to that mystery I was talking about yesterday. So I was worried that if I was spinning THINNER, the plied yarn would no longer be DK weight, and I wouldn’t be able to use it in my beautiful scarf. BUT to my relief when I did the WPI test tonight, it came out just fine at 11 WPI, which is perfect.

So, that actually confirmed for me my suspicions about what’s going on. Because I’m watching the wool as I draft, and I can see that it’s more or less the same amount every time, so really I can’t be getting thinner on an overall basis. BUT what is happening is that I am getting better and better at staying even at that diameter. In spinning, when you have a fat place in your singles, it’s called a slub. Now, slubby yarn can be very beautiful. But right now it’s not what I’m trying to make. I believe I am getting fewer and thinner slubs, so that my yarn is more and more consistently the same diameter throughout the singles, and as a result is getting me more length for the weight. Yeah. I like that.

I got a good start on today’s bobbin, as I start on the next skein of 3-ply with this lovely Falklands wool

Until tomorrow.


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2 Responses to 100 Days of Spinning – Day 75

  1. Catherine S. Baker says:

    Good job or should I say, “good joy”?! Glad you figured it out! I do not know anything about spinning you but I wanted to ask, what type of wool or material are you using? Will you be selling it?

    • Ann says:

      Hi Catherine,
      I’m spinning wool, and this particular wool is called “Falklands”. A little odd, because that’s the place these sheep live, not a breed, but there you have it. I bought a bunch of different fibers at SAFF last year, 5 types of inexpensive “practice” wool and 7 or 8 (? I’d have to count) different gorgeous fibers (including silk) for after I get good at this. Incentive. I honestly have not thought far enough ahead to know where all this will go. I guess we’ll see, because I enjoy it far too much to stop!

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