Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Sunday SIP*

After finishing my last two spins, I decided to go back to my spinning roots, so to speak, and do what is generally my default yarn. Most spinners, when they're not trying for a specific style and weight, find that their fingers automatically spin the same kind of yarn over and over. For me, it's a three-ply fingering weight. I had this vibrant roving from Crown Mountain Farms -- 4 oz. of Debouillet in a pink/orange colorway called Trinity -- ready and waiting by my wheel, and a semisolid colorway seemed perfectly suited to the yarn I usually spin.

It's a bit toned down in person, but the colors are pretty vibrant. I split the roving more or less into thirds and started spinning up the singles last Sunday, I believe. I didn't spend a huge amount of time on it this week, but I'm working on the third bobbin now.

As you can see, I have about half a bobbin to go, so I will finish tonight or tomorrow, most likely. Unfortunately, it's not going as quickly as it could (despite the fact that I'm spinning on the miniSpinner) because this is roving, not combed top, and thus more susceptible to neps. There's also a fair amount of VM in it, so I'm stopping roughly every 30 seconds or so to pull out a piece of hay or a fuzz ball. It's mildly annoying to have to stop so often as well as to think about the waste stuff I pull out of the yarn. For instance, here's the pile of stuff I've removed just from the first half of the third bobbin's worth:

This doesn't include the small bits of VM that have fallen out on their own and onto my lap while I've been spinning, either. It's annoying, yes, but it's also part of dealing with wool. I think I've realized, though, that I really prefer a combed prep (combed top) to a carded prep (roving). I guess it's as good to know what you like in spinning as it is to know what you like in any other aspect of life!

*Spin in progress, that is


  1. Look at you, embracing orange… :)

  2. i really hate having to stop and start so much too. spinning to me is all about rhythm and i can't stand when it gets disrupted.

    i really prefer carded to combed, but i spin longdraw almost all the time.

  3. Bright pretty summery spin! My default is the same as yours - right now I'm trying to spin thicker and it takes so much concentration and is not nearly as smooth as that 3 ply fingering!
    I'm jealous of your extra bobbins - I only ply on my minispinner since I only have one bobbin - need to try your cardboard method!

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