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« on: December 06, 2008 02:49:13 PM »

I just got my first drop spindle (top whorl), I've watched all the videos, etc etc (I'm sure you've heard all that before). I'm experiencing a minor dilemma--my first yarn is from Corriedale pencil roving, and it came out incredibly thick. Like so thick, it seems ridiculous to ply it. The measuring tape says it's an 1/8 of an inch in diameter. Is this normal? If it's not, what can I do in the future to prevent that from happening? I did spin it pretty tightly (so much so I was getting little curlicues), so I don't think that's the problem. Any advice would be appreciated.  Huh
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2008 03:47:47 PM »

I no pro at this, but thats what happened to my first yarn on a spindle (thop whorl too).  The first time I did it I didn't draft as my roving was already quite thin.  I still got super chunky yarn.  My second batch, I drafted the snot out of it and I got thread like yarn.  So it could be all in the drafting.  Also, how heavy is your spindle?  that could play a factor too.

« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2008 06:20:47 PM »

My spindle is 1.8 oz. The item description on the wool said it was pre-drafted, and I saw no reason to re-draft it. I may have to in the future, which is a shame.  Embarrassed I stink at it. I had a couple of pieces come off on my newest spinning project, and I can't draft them back on for the life of me, but that's a topic for another time, I suppose.
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2008 07:56:00 PM »

This may help a bit... http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/spinTech-inchworm.shtml
It takes some time to get the hang of drafting and which technique works for you. I'm still a beginner too and I spin on a homemade CD spindle for now (saving up for a wheel/talking a friend into making one for me, whichever happens first  Smiley). I'm not entirely sure which technique I use...I think I switch between park and draft (http://www.graftonfibers.com/spinning.htm) or an inchworm type method and long drafting lol. I would think even with pencil roving (I haven't used any yet) a little drafting would be necessary if you want a thin yarn.

Hope that helps some...

« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2008 04:23:37 PM »

Thanks, WMA! That second link was a big help. I think I know what went wrong based on that page. I'll have to try again.
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