One Fibre – Three Techniques

What to do with that bag of roving? The one that you think, “what on earth made me purchase this?” The one with the somewhat insipid colourway, the one that doesn’t really spark inspiration. Well, it turned out to be a good purchase after all.

It’s perfectly fine, really. A bit on the felted side from being stuffed in its bag too long. And it is Blue Faced Leicester, that fine and longish wool that spins so easily. And perhaps it is good to address my bias against pink.

I cracked The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs, which is a beautifully laid out study of various kinds of yarns and set about improving my skill set.

First – the cable yarn. Four ply and lots of wow factor if you pay attention. This skein is far from perfect but in spots the cable really bounced itself together as I plied. I learned that it is OK to over ply, and when you think it is twisted enough, let it twist a bit more. One knows it intellectually but it is hard to break the habit of not over spinning the singles. I think some of this might become funky shoe laces for grey ankle boots. Maybe with a bead or two on the end?

IMG_1758And then, it was the spiral crepe – deliberately spinning a thick singles plied with a thinner two ply. I loved this! Ignore the colour differences, the day was very overcast and the red background – oh lots of reasons for wonky pictures, anyhow its the technique I wanted to document.

IMG_1761It looks a bit beaded doesn’t it? Fun. Maybe a scribble lace scarf for this to keep the structure front and centre. We shall see.

Finally because intentional spinning is what I aim for – the thick singles yarn, consistent rather than thick and thin. A bigger challenge than one would think. One hears how hard it is to go back to thicker spun yarns after learning to spin thin and while I wouldn’t say it is difficult, it does require focus. No autopilot here.

IMG_1821This batch is a tad overspun so it will live on the niddy noddy for a couple of days.

That bag of unremarkable roving turned out to be a lot of fun. Perhaps a good goal is to work through the Yarn Design book. I don’t do new years resolutions but documenting some ideas here might spur on a project.

4 thoughts on “One Fibre – Three Techniques

  1. starproms December 28, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    Looks lovely. I’ve just under-plyed some yarn because the string on the big wheel was loose and I didn’t notice. I shall have to go back and re-ply it before i’ve done. Oh well! I like the colours you’ve ended up with. They are very subtle.

  2. warpandwoofknitting December 28, 2013 / 5:00 pm

    Thank you! Spinning is such a nice thing to do these winter days. And I certainly know the frustration of a loose drive band – changing that is another good skill to practise. The yarn is much better looking than the roving, another lesson I guess!

  3. Auntie Bette December 28, 2013 / 11:51 pm

    So enjoy your wanderings and spinning,knitting notes on your blog.
    Wishing you and Grant a wonderful New Year free from all health problems and full of much happiness and peace.

    Love to you both
    Uncle George & Auntie Bette

    • warpandwoofknitting December 29, 2013 / 2:04 am

      Hi Auntie Bette and Uncle George; Much love and best wishes back at you too!

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