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« on: March 31, 2008 01:20:36 PM »

because I just got my first 3 oz of corriedale on the mail! Tomorrow I'll start trying, and I can barely wait. This stuff is incredibly softer than the wool yarn that I bought! (I got the yarn on ebay too, as we just don't have anything wool in here).
Oh, and my silk cap arrived too, but I'm not going to touch it too soon, it looks so delicate I'm just scared!

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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2008 02:59:06 PM »

I said tomorrow?

I just remembered I have a 6 hours long appointment on the beauty salon tomorrow, and I wouldn't be able to wait that long to get started. I'm way way way more proud than I was for anything else. It's thick and thin and not as consistent as I want, but on the very first try I got something on the right stringy shape and in average it's the exact thickness that I always wanted.
It really is softer than my smells wonderfully too, but I can only blame Doxie from http://stores.ebay.com/THE-SPECIAL-TEA-SHOP  for that.
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2008 04:50:57 AM »

Looks pretty! Have fun spinning.... Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2008 05:32:17 PM »

I guess this is easier than I thought... I finished all my roving already! One question, though: I let the single on the bobbin where I put it to get the spindle free, let it relax before plying, or I set the twist first soaking in lukewarm water?

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2008 07:37:19 AM »

If you are planning on plying, I wouldn't let the single relax. 

Generally, I only leave the single to rest on the bobbin/spindle if I plan on it staying a single.  Otherwise I wind off and get to work on another single, then ply the two together.

Do NOT set the twist until you are finished and satisfied with your yarn.  Setting the twist is the last step in spinning.   Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2008 11:38:41 PM »

Hmm. I finished it... I did 2 spindle-full of singles, put the first part in a bobbin while I did the second, joined the ends and then transferred the second part to the same bobbin, then I let it relax overnight and plied in the morning. (why on earth did I think 2 spindles of singles would fit in 1 spindle when plied? - it did at the end, but barely. smaller balls next time...) I noticed it was harder to ply than the time I did that cabled yarn from commercial yarn for practice, and  I thought the single had lost some overtwist by relaxing too much, but I had to sleep when I finished sipinning the singles!  Shocked I had to spin the spindle on the other direction to make it ply, while the other time the 2 singles practically twisted themselves with no effort from me. I thought I would get a terribly overtwisted skein because of that but I was surprised by a perfectly balanced 2-ply. I set the twist and didn't even had to block it.
What do you do if you're spinning big quantities, for several days? Do you have to re-spin to add twist before plying?

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