Last week I decided that the spindle spin I had started during Tour de Fleece two years ago was never going to get finished unless my Lendrum got involved.
I am pleased to report it’s all done! And it turned out remarkably well, all things considered, although it’s not as even as my most recent spinning.
The Woolee Winder I purchased is a miracle worker. I easily got the single onto a single bobbin.
Then on Monday evening, I “Shireen-plyed” my yarn. This is a name I have given to a faux-Andean plying method that Shireen came up with last week. 4 oz of single is a bit hard to Andean ply without cutting off circulation to your fingers, so Shireen wound it into a centre-pull ball, and then plied the two ends of the ball together. A small downfall to this method: towards the very end, the ball collapses and gets a bit tangly. The up side? You never have mismatched single from having two bobbins that don’t quite match. In this case, I did it to ply older, thicker, spindle spun yarn with newer wheel spun yarn in an attempt at consistency.
Certainly not perfect, but I am actually pleased with the result, regardless of the thick and thin quality.
Next up…the second half of my Friends in Fiber BFL/Silk fractal spin! Have to clear my bobbins for next week’s Tour de Fleece!
This is SO pretty!
Thank you, Mary! A lesson I have learned is that some of the craziest braids of fibre make the most amazing handspun. Colours I would not normally have chosen are now the ones I grab while picking up new fibre 🙂