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« on: October 18, 2006 09:17:57 AM »

I am just beginning to spin on a drop spindle, and I am trying to figuure out how much twist should be in the yarn.  Should it be so twisty that it wraps on itself when tension is taken off?  Or should it be the opposite, and if I let go of the roving, should it untwist itself to a point that it likes?  If that makes any sense.  Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2006 09:49:24 AM »

I'm a beginner too, but yes, you want the yarn to be twisty.  The twist is what makes it strong.  The more you spin, the more you'll be able to feel how much twist is enough, too much, or not enough.  Every picture I've seen of beginner spindle spun yarn is SUPER twisty!  When you ply, you'll lose some of the overspun parts (where it twists back on itself) and after you set the twist, you can weight the skein while it dries to further reduce the overtwist.  Hope this helps!

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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2006 05:27:50 PM »

How much twist you put in totally depends on the kind of yarn you want. If you're going to ply it, you'll want to put more twist into the singles than you want in your final yarn. If you're going to leave it as a single, you want to put it just how much you want. The more twist, the more solid/hard the yarn, the less twist the more lofty. There is a point where too little twist is problematic and that is where there isn't enough twist to hold it together as you knit [it'll just pull apart]. I've found that it really just takes practice to learn how much twist you need to produce the yarn you want.

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