11 November, 2009

Redoing a Ply with More Twist

Remembrance Day. Lest we forget.
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
Excerpt, "In Flander's Fields" by John MaCrae

I'm plugging away at the ecru Blue Face Leicester one ounce skein at a time. Well, that's not entirely true, I let the stuff sit for a bit when I ran into a problem.

One of the first skeins was terribly underplied. To fix this, I'm going to turn the skein into a centre-pull ball and then give the yarn more twist with a drop spindle.

I practiced first on an old skein that has the same problem.

I've been compensating for my habit of underplying by giving subsequent skeins more twist when plying. I've gotten more balanced results, but there's still a tiny bit of undertwist.

One of the nice things about practicing spinning is that the yarn gives clear feedback on how well I'm doing. There is no hiding or wishful thinking.

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