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Thursday, July 30, 2009

First Bobbin of Polwarth Singles

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I've been trying to spend a little bit of time every day spinning, even if it's just 20 minutes if that's all I have. I haven't been successful every day, but I've been doing pretty well with it. Yesterday I finished my first bobbin of singles.

This is 1/3 of 4 ounces of carded Polwarth roving that I'm spinning worsted style at 40 wraps per inch on the singles. Because the Polwarth is carded, there are a couple of neps which I have mostly left in the singles. Also, since carding is a woolen preparation, even though I'm spinning worsted, I am getting a semi worsted yarn.

I've found the biggest thing I've had to work on so far is slowing down on my treadling. The Polwarth has a long staple length, so I can draft about 3 inches on each treadle stroke, but I have to slow down my treadling a bit to draft that far. I start out just fine, but as I relax into the spinning, I find myself speeding up on the treadling. I have to remind myself that it isn't a race!

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