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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Something Else to Spin

Since I've got to age the fresh Polworth singles for a few more days before I can ply them, I grabbed something else out of my fiber stash and kept spinning. I wanted to keep the spinning momentum going! This is BFL from Fleece Artist in the Ruby Red colorway (purchased at Colorsong Yarns). What you see above is two, 50 g batches of roving - one is still in the braid form and the other has been split and is ready to spin.

BFL is definitely one of my favorite types of wool to spin. It's a longwool so it's less likely to pill, the longer staple length makes it easy to spin, it has really great drape in the finished yarn and it's soft enough for next to skin wear for most people. I always feel like it practically spins itself. I'm planning on making this a two ply yarn and I'll use it for lace of some kind. As you can see, I'm using my Kromski Symphony (Giselle) to spin this up. If you care about the technical details, I've got the ratio set at 10:1 and I'm doing a 2 inch worsted draw for each full rotation of the drive wheel. I'm spinning the singles to 40 wraps per inch, which according to one of the calculators on my iSpin Toolkit app, will give me a plied yarn wpi of 28.28. I'm trying to get back in the habit of keeping notes when I spin and really paying attention to details. I slacked off on that when we moved, but now that we're settled in, I need to start doing that again. When I found the iSpin Toolkit app, I got it immediately because it's filled with little calculators so I can figure out how to match a handspun yarn to a commercial yarn and all kinds of other tools to figure out what kind of yarn I'm spinning. Here's a link to a review of the app and it has a purchase link if you have an iPhone or an iTouch. I'm not affiliated with either the reviewer or the app developer, I just think it's a great tool for spinners!

I don't think I'll have a chance to blog tomorrow morning because Finn is going to have his yearly exam tomorrow. Have a great weekend!



Blogger baby face said...

I love the color that you chose.
Makes a person happy.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Ooh, lovely! I need to learn to spin better - at this point, I just wing it. I love the results you get, though; your singles are so nice and even!

11:54 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Thanks for the app link! I'm still on the fence between Droid and iPhone but it's nice to know that a lot of the knitting apps right now are on the iPhone.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has nothing to do with your post but is a compliment on a pattern I just purchased from your site. It was for the Lady Fingers Mitts. I am so surprised at how many details and pages I received. You really covered all the bases. Thank you. If I mess these up it is definitely my fault!

7:03 PM  

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