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« on: February 04, 2013 03:11:03 PM »

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So, I just finished spinning my second yarn, which I intend to keep as a single because I looooove singles. But, I don't know how to set the twist on a single. Do I just keep it on the spindle for a few days? Do I skein it, put it in warm water for a while and then hang it out to dry? I don't want them to be energized singles, so I don't know if just leaving the yarn on the spindle would yield the type of yarn I want. Smiley

(I will post pics of the yarn tomorrow Cheesy)
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2013 04:00:01 PM »

"Balanced"* singles need to be spun lightly.  You start setting them the same way you would a plied yarn, skiening and soaking.   Now.  You may have to weight your skein.  However, if there is any extra twist in it without weighting it, your knitting will skew when it becomes wet.  That's basically the only difference, adding the weight.  I suppose as long as its not super wash, or another non felting fiber you can also give it a good thwack to full it well.
*Single yarns don't balance exactly, because there is only one direction of twist force. Using less twist helps to provide something that won't try to self ply at every opportunity.  
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2013 08:14:22 PM »

Aaaaah, I get it now. Thanks, Belladune! You know a lot about spinning! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2013 05:17:05 AM »

It's my life's work!  I've dedicated a lot of time to the art.  And soon a lot more.  I'm in the master spinners course at Olds College. 6 years of training, and I'm only nearly through my second. I'll know a heck of a lot more once I'm done!
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2013 07:56:31 AM »

Oh man, the envy! Here in Costa Rica there's absolutely no possibility whatsoever to learn that much. You can't even get a spinning wheel! Sad I wish there was a similar program here... I would so love to learn more about spinning. Actually, there's so much I'd like to learn that isn't available here it drives me crazy.
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2013 12:26:33 PM »

One caution about weighting your energized singles ... Once it is knit/crocheted/woven, as soon as you get the object wet to finish it, the energy will come back.
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2013 09:16:58 AM »

Yikes! Thanks for the heads up. Smiley
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