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« on: September 22, 2008 08:58:32 AM »

I got back to spinning after several months, with a new spindle, and I just made my first usable yarn! Finally something that is soft and (mostly even) and on the thickness I was aiming at!

I used a superwash roving from Yarn Love on the Bayfield Apple colourway, and have a little less than 200m of fingering weight 3-ply. I am still spinning for the second skein but I couldn't wait more so I plied the singles I had already  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2008 09:15:34 AM »

This is absolutely gorgeous! And it boggles my mind to think that it was done on a spindle! I can't achieve such evenness on my wheel, much less a spindle!
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2008 01:00:01 PM »

Beautiful!!  They will make wonderful socks!

MommyLeek, when I use the park & draft with a spindle, I get more consistant singles than I do most of the time using a supported long drawl on my wheels.

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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2008 03:19:06 PM »

I never spun on a wheel, but I found that my singles aren't all that even, and doing a 3-ply helped a lot with making the differences less noticeable than they would be with a 2-ply. I also noticed that I got more even lenghts of yarn from drafting continuously with the spindle moving than I'd get with extreme pre-drafting. It was definitely a thing about memory on my fingers. The best parts of the singles were spun while I was paying less attention, spinning in front of the computer while reading an e-book. Every time I'd forget to pay attention and the spindle hit the floor, I'd look to the piece of yarn just spun and it was all at the same thickness.
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2008 06:23:38 AM »

I got a new pic of the center pull ball. I'm so happy, I just have to show.

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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2008 09:59:37 AM »

I love the colors and can't wait to see the finish products. Socks are my favorite.  Cheesy
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