Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Some skeins, ready to go to market.

Some skeins I've had done for awhile now. Finally set the twist Sunday while waiting on the shearer to come.

The pink skeins are Cormo.

The grey is the Romney I've been spinning for a long time. That was a big fleece!

The bottom ones are some skeins I bought from Micheal's that were the big chunky yarn. I bought 2 skeins and made some thinner yarn with them. They are 20% wool.

The dark brown is some of Lucinda's wool, with a little bit of Abraham's mixed in. I still have a lot of both of theirs. I want to make a sweater for me with this yarn.

 These I can't remember if they are Amarillo's wool or maybe Buttercup's. I didn't write it down and it was some time ago that I spun it. Maybe it will come back to me. But I did have Buttercup's wool washed and carded, so it might be hers.

Anyway, for you spinners out there, this has a lot of twist in it, even after washing it to set the twist. That's why it's hanging with cans in it. So do different breeds have more spring to it than others? Just wondering, because the rest of the skeins are not as twisty. But I love the yarn. It's so soft.


An At Home Daughter said...

Yes different breeds have different amounts of spring / crimp. You can count the crimp per inch in a staple of fleece. For each crimp you should spin one twist per inch in your yarn. That should prevent it from twisting back on you. As you get more used to spinning you will learn to adjust your speed and tension to how much twist the fiber feels like it needs. It just takes time.
Your yarn looks lovely.

Kris said...

Wow, I have no idea what you just said. Ugh, I am so fiber dumb. I think I'd like to take a class on just the wheel, to learn more about it and how it runs.

An At Home Daughter said...

Hehe! If you take take a little piece of fleece. Lay it down flat. You can count each wave in the fiber. Those are called crimp. The amount of crimp that the fiber has makes up for how springy it is. You count the crimps for 1 inch of the fiber. Take some of your yarn and hold it next to a ruler, count the number of twists per inch. You will want to have approx the number of twists as you did crimp in that fiber. I'm sure you could find a youtube video to explain this to you.