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« on: October 23, 2011 09:00:42 PM »

SiI got a bunch of roving and finally pulled out my top whorl drop spindle and just started spinning. I only did a little at first because after I started a worsted type weight single, I decided I want to do a fingering weight single to self dye and knit a shawl from it. So I wound my little bit of worsted into a hank and it looks like this:

I know I need to wash it in hot water to set the twist, but it looks a but too twisty to me. Is that the problem? Does it get less twisty and look more smooth and yarny after washing it? Or for my next one do I twist it less before wrapping it under the whorl?

Any tips and advice would be great. I can't wait to start my fingering weight, but want to know what I did wrong with this one first. Smiley

« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2011 07:10:51 PM »

My first handspun from my spindle looks similar, so I am wondering the same thing.
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2011 07:44:55 AM »

My first handspun looked that way before and after setting the twist. It may calm down a bit but over twisting is just beginner yarn.  Smiley
So with your next attempt trying to Not let so much twist into. It takes practice and one day you will get it

« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2011 12:12:45 PM »

Best way to get the extra twist out is to ply it with something, even itself. Yes, setting the twist can remove some of the extra, especially if you weigh it really good, but best bet is to unspin it by plying it.

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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2011 09:50:26 PM »

Jexx is right, plying it (spinning it with another yarn in the OPPOSITE direction that it was originally spun) is the best way to remove the extra twist.

I don't recommend weighting yarns because that twist is still there and will present itself once it gets wet (like after you've made something and go to block it).


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