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« on: February 22, 2009 05:06:20 AM »

It's been so long since I did any spinning and am trying to remember how to tell a single is correctly spun, not over or underspun.  I know  am sure it twists one way for overspun and the other way for underspun.  Can anyone help me with this please?

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2009 08:24:21 AM »

Are you spinning a single or will you be plying this for a 2-ply?

A single destined to become a plied yarn will need about 1/3 more twists per inch (TPI) than a single. To see if you have enough 'energy' in this single, let it twist back on itself (between your hand and the oriface of the wheel or your hand and the spindle).  If it twists back on itself and isn't kinky, you've done well.  If it doesn't twist back on itself, you need more twist.  If it's kinky, you need less twist.

For a single ply yarn, do the same thing.  See if the yarn will twist back on itself.  If it does, too much twist.  If it lays there or slightly twists on iteself, you've done well.



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