One More Up And Back
There are those who spin fiber on a wheel using guide hooks on the flyer. They may understand what I mean by one more up and back.
Before Plying – One More Up And Back
First of all, I know not all of the blog readers care about spinning. Feel free to skip down to my current projects.
Second of all, the description of how I spin fiber may require you to visualize something you’ve never experienced. Again, feel free to avoid this section by skipping down.
Finally…if you care:
It’s important to try and evenly load a bobbin when spinning. Especially for when singles or plied yarn is taken off the bobbin. If I had a big difference in the amount of singles on one part of the bobbin, it can get a little crazy as it spools off the bobbin. Wheel spinners know this. Imagine that I’m plying my singles. And I’m drawing a single at a part of the bobbin where it’s almost near the bobbin core. This will mean that the bobbin is spinning quickly to unspool the singles as fast as I need them. And then imagine it starts to draw the singles off a part of the bobbin that is fully loaded. The speed of bobbin-spin to unspool that yarn is much slower! The deceleration of the bobbin turning will often cause some crazy flying/twisting/tangling of the singles.
Some folks buys special flyers that will automatically load spun/plied fiber onto the bobbin in an even way. I’ll write more about Woolee Winders in a subsequent blog entry.
But for now, I’m happy with almost two full bobbins of singles and soon I’ll have a couple of hanks of handspun Jacob yarn.
Current Spinning and Crochet
As noted in the body of the blog, I had a surge of spinning activity, and I will soon start plying this fiber into yarn!
For those just joining us, this is Jacob fiber from a sheep named Minette. I am very much looking forward to seeing how the final yarn will look and knit up!
I also finished the latest Crochet Thermal Stitch Beanie.
I’m still very much enthralled by this hat design. As a novice crocheter, it still demands a bit of my attention, so it’s enjoyable to make. And I have loved how the resulting hat looks every time I’ve finished one.
6 comments on “One More Up And Back”
Are you going to do a two-ply? And I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Woolee Winders.
Like your latest crochet hat. Do you have any gloves with half fingers to sell?
Hi Larry…I’ve decided not to sell the half-finger gloves anymore. I will only make/sell the fingerless mitts. The half-fingers almost double the time to make them and they aren’t very enjoyable or profitable to make any longer. If you’re interested in the fingerless mitts, I will have some up on my DoublePointed.com web site for sale soon.
I will be making a two-ply yarn with the Jacob. And honestly, I think the idea of a Woolee Winder is brilliant, I have never been able to justify spending that kind of money to automate a rather simple task. Otherwise I’d own one already.
Such beautiful color variation on that Jacob! ❤️ Very tidy spinning too.
Thanks for the explanation of why to load bobbins evenly. I knew there must be a reason, and intuition told me it would be easier to ply, but that is the best explanation I’ve heard! 😁