Small Skein Spinning Experiment

Blogged under spinning by Tammy on Tuesday 15 January 2013 at 4:01 pm

The last roving in my kit is 2 ounces of Jacob grey wool top. Before I let myself dive into my Knit Picks fiber (more on that later), I decided as a way to practice more and slow things down some that I would make smaller skeins and review them afterwards to see how I am doing. I split the roving into 4 strips. I thought I’d make a skein for each, but this first one broke on me, so I ended up with two.

I have learned that one ply yarn will be more spun than double or triple ply yarn, so that may have been some of the issues on my previous spinning attempts. However, I think these small skeins turned out pretty well as far as not being over-spun. I slowed myself down, spinning a little, drafting a little, spinning a little, drafting, etc. One issue I did have with this, and I’m not sure if it is the fiber or me, but it broke on me a lot. I had to really be careful not to draft too much or it would just break before I could even spin it.

Now my next problem I plan to deal with is the fuzz factor. The thickness is a little more consistent, and the twist looks much better, but this stuff is fuzz-o-mania. These close-up photos might show what I mean.

I’ve been told that the fuzz will not be that noticeable once I knit or crochet with it, but I would still like to tone down the fuzz. Still, things are looking promising.

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