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« on: September 12, 2005 04:54:00 PM »

so i have some wool roving that i've been spinning on a drop spindle. i had a lot on the stick and it was starting to spin a little weird, so i decided to take it off and ball it up. i balled it into a center-pull ball because i thought i read somewhere you could ply it easily this way (1st question: is that true??) but i've also read about "setting the twist"(2nd ?: what does that mean? how do you do it?) and washing your yarn (3rd ?: won't it fall apart?) before dyeing it - which is my ultimate goal. could someone help?? thanks.

« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2005 01:35:15 AM »

Setting the twist is simple, I soak my skein in a bowl of warm water for about 15mins or so then take it out and dry it with a towel and hang it up to drip dry.  It makes your yarn stronger and if you suspend a small weight from it whilst drip drying it can help correct overtwisting a bit but gently pulling the kinks out.  That is what I was taught by my local spinning guild anyway and it works for me.

If you are dying your yarn after spinning, then you maybe won't need to set the twist as the dyeing process will do it at the same time won't it?

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2005 08:52:20 AM »

You can ply very well with a center pull ball (I used to do it all the time with my drop spindle and still do with my wheel sometimes)  Take both ends and attach them to the leader yarn on the spindle, and then spin in the opposite direction that you spun your single.  So your center pull ball doesn't go all over the place, I would suggest putting it in a zip lock and leave about an inch for the ends to come out (sometimes I just throw the ball over my shoulders so it's out of my way!

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