March 05, 2011

ninety-seventh and ninety-eighth skeins

This week I wrote back and forth with with someone about spindles.  Mentioned that I really ought to quit thinking I'm some sort of spindle test pilot pushing the envelope to see how much yarn I can spin at one go.  I proceeded to push the limit exactly that way with the top skein pictured above and paid for it, so I backed off the weight for the successive skein.

What happens when you cram too much yarn on a drop spindle is that the cop begins to turn independently of the spindle.  Turning the spindle becomes difficult and so does keeping the yarn from hopping off the hook and unwinding off the shaft.

Here are the ninety-seventh and ninety-eighth skeins I've spun.

The ninety-seventh skein weighs 1 1/3 ounces.  I started with a package of 4 ounces of natural dark BFL and divided the wool into thirds, thinking that I would ply three singles together for a knitting yarn.  I changed my mind and used Andean plying to make 2 ply.  I have ambitions to weave handspun cloth (any cloth, but handspun cloth certainly) and 2 ply is good for weaving.  The spindle that has a hook and a shaft large enough to take 3 ply has not yet had its appointment with epoxy.  That left the laceweight spindle whose hook can just manage a fine 2 ply without the yarn slipping out from under and causing me aggravation.  Got 164 yards in the skein.

The ninety-eighth skein is 25 grams, a little less than an ounce, and 102 yards.  There should be two more like it when I'm done with the package of wool.

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