For the last couple of days, I’ve been playing with my new wheel.
Now I’m a stubborn old fool and decided that I didn’t need to read anything, do any research. I could just figure out what to do. On my own. Ha! Whatever!
I very nearly threw a massive fit when I just couldn’t get it right. I had roving, predrafted. I had a wheel. I’m assuming I have a fully functional brain. I just couldn’t put it all together and just spin.
I was defeated. By my arrogance! 😀
I decided that I had to do some research. I went on to Spindle and Wheel and read through the yarn preparation and then starting to spin and then plying the whole lot together.
I found that I’d gone wrong in so many places. 🙂 I was breaking off about a foot of the roving and then separating it enough to get a square, taking a corner and then trying to spin it diagonally. Wrong. I finally got it right, after reading. Yesterday, I spun about a quarter bobbins worth and today I spun about the same again on another bobbin. I then plied the two together.
It’s definitely over-plied in most areas. It’s under-plied in others. And together it’s completely over-plied and under-plied through-out. This is what it looks like:
The brown you see is my leader yarn from one of the bobbins. I thought I’d spun up the same amount on both bobbins, but I hadn’t. I’ll have to figure that one out for the next time! 🙂
The plying was definitely the best part. I have a few questions though which I’ll have to look into:
1. What do I do now?? How do I get it off the bobbin?
2. Am I supposed to wash it once it’s off the bobbin?
3. How do I get it thinner and less over-plied? And don’t say ‘practice’, smart alec in the back there. give me something more than that!
I definitely need to do some more of this. But I think some reading is needed first. I’m pleased so far! 🙂