I really think spinning has become a serious addiction. It’s so easy to get carried away… just one more piece… oh no, there’s a pink bit, can’t stop now… you get the picture!
After my first attempt I learned so much from other bloggers and this time I decided to experiment with completing the whole process, from initial spinning and drafting to plying and skeining, followed by setting the twists. Because it was an experiment I decided not to spin too much in case it went wrong at one of the stages and I ruined hours of work.
The spinning and drafting seemed much more comfortable and I got into a good rhythm. I also managed to make a slightly finer yarn by making narrower strips of roving before I even drafted it. The over twisting that I had suffered from on my first attempt wasn’t so bad as I counted in my head each time I span it and got more even results by doing so.
Following the advice of Madgeface (Little Golden Notebook) I let it rest on the spindle overnight. I then plied it using my heavier spindle and kept a more even tension so it seemed to twist together really well. I then left the plied yarn to rest overnight (mainly because I was waiting for MrCraft to buy some plastic pipes to make the niddy noddy with!) Tonight after work I cut up the plastic and made myself a niddy noddy, which I used to wind my yarn into a skein.
The final (and most nerve wracking) step was setting the twists. I put it in warm water (as in lukewarm because I was so scared of felting it!) and left it for 10 minutes or so before carefully squashing it dry with a towel. (I was used to this as both children wore cloth nappies and I used wool soakers overnight. Still scary when you made the yarn yourself though!)
This yarn looks so much better than my first attempt (in my humble and inexperienced opinion!), and now I have tried the process from start to finish I’m going to ‘go for it’ and turn the rest of the roving into yarn that I will be able to use. I can’t wait, but I have a few projects on so I may have to remain patient.