You cannot be in a hurry and be a spinner. This is not an instant gratification activity. Hours are spent just teasing the fibers out of the roving to twist into the threads that will one day be a ply in a two or three ply yarn. On a good day I can spin one bobbin of thread in three hours. Last night was not a good day.
I am close. I am just having some breakage issues with the brown roving – which I am starting to suspect is the alpaca part of this blend. Alpaca, I am learning, does not have the same grip to itself that wool has – it is slipperier (is that a word?), and as a result, I had some problems with breaks where the shetland roving was not spinning with the alpaca. Slowed me down enough so that in three hours of spinning I did not fill my bobbin. Sigh.
The good news is that I am getting to the end of this ball of roving.
That’s the last of it.
My new friend Vicki is going to sell me her Bulky Flyer and jumbo bobbins so that I can ply my three bobbins of fiber into one big bobbin of yarn. I like Vicki. She reassures me that my spinning is about where it should be as a beginner and not to judge my work against my sister’s – who is a freak of nature when it comes to the wooly arts (in the good way). So after I get my jumbo bobbins I will hopefully be able to show you a better ball of yarn than my first one. We will see. No one has actually SHOWN me how to ply so . . . . .
As for learning new skills, this weekend I have a class in mohair. I bought a flick carder for this.
Flick carders – like hand carders – can look a little scary. Those are some sharp little metal teeth there.
Kinda hard to imagine that those teeth would not damage the fiber in combing, but it seems to work out alright.
My understanding is that with flick carders you comb out a lock at a time. I am curious as to whether there is a reason that you would choose to flick card over hand card – but I guess I will know if there is on Saturday.
With Christmas present production demanding more of my time, I think that getting any spinning done at all is an accomplishment, so I accomplished this week but did not complete. Tomorrow I have something to show you that goes to our next warmer weather project. See you then.