Curiosity Kills The Cat Every Time

More and more, I find myself picking up odd habits these days.

These two skeins have been at my side all day today. They’ve mostly been spending time drying because I didn’t finish this yarn until 2am this morning. I just had an itch to get an FO this week, I guess. Plus, as always, I wanted to know what it would look like… These are 2-ply and one singles was made up of the yarn that I spun from part combed top and part hand-carded rolags.

See how the front end of this poorly evened out bobbin is less fuzzy and lumpy than the later half? That’s because of little bits of fluff like these.

Imperfections in the wool are called “neps”. I told you I needed more practice carding. Neps can come from how the fleece was handled during shearing or how it is handled when it is prepped to be spun. I can’t say which these come from with 100% certainty…but I blame my noobness. It seemed like every five inches or so there was another nep popping up from the rolags. They tend to make the drafting where they come up difficult. So, what you end up with is a slubbier yarn. Depending on what you’re going for, say a very rustic looking yarn, it would be desirable. But I really just wanted to see both singles side-by-side using the same drafting method. I’m just nosey like that.

Can you see the difference? The funny thing is this whole singles was completed using a short backward draft. Only the fiber prep was changed here. Crazy, huh?

The other half of the yarn was this commercially prepared merino top I got with my first wheel from Paradise Fibers.

I started this bobbin ages ago and it was way better evened out. But, I think that I began this with a short forward draft. But, as I said, I really, REALLY wanted an FO and that short backward draft goes faster for me. So I ended this spin with that instead. Are you keeping up? In this singles, then, the fiber prep did not change. It was just the drafting method that changed. Though I did not get a photo of that before darkness fell, it was very similar to the first in that the second half of the bobbin had various inconsistencies, though it did not have slubs, really. But, then, it is commercially prepared top. It’s not really the best prep for slubbing around.

But, as you saw the end in the beginning, you already know what I did with it. I adulterated every bit of it! The whole mess of it in one yarn. Mwuahaha! It was fun. 🙂

And, the oddest thing has been happening these days. After I wet finished and hung them to dry, I went to bed, fully expecting them to be damp when I got up about three and a half hours later. And, they did not disappoint. So, I took them to work so that I could have them with me. A little overboard, maybe? This isn’t the first time I have done that either. It’s odd. But I like to look at them and see how they are doing from time to time and I can’t do that if they are at home and I’m at work, right? 🙂

Time for one other little update.

This spin is still coming along as well. I worked on it a bit the day before and intend to keep at it daily from here on out because I really have to see that belly bulge get a little bigger. I don’t know why, but I just have to see that! My curiosity just seems to know no bounds these days. 🙂

Comments

  1. The spin in the bottom pic looks like beautiful hair! The wobbly bit on the bobbin looks like my sewing bobbins when I try to put more thread on. I can’t get it even for anything.

    • It does, doesn’t it? But I suppose it is in a way. It just belongs to a sheep, lol!
      I don’t know what I was thinking while I was winding that bobbin. Kept putting it on the wrong hook…I think it was the overall sleep deprivation. As long as it comes off without snags, it works!

  2. Wonderful pictures, and what a beautiful drop spindle. Just wondering what kind of fiber are you using in the bottom picture?

    • Thanks! That is a sample fiber from The Joyful Sheep on etsy. It’s called “Calico” wool/mohair. It has a huge halo! I do like it and I’m glad I used it with this spindle. I can take my time to enjoy the sample.

  3. I usually pick out neps as I draft, but they also come out of already spun yarn if you give them a good tug. Either way, your yarns are lovely, as usual. 🙂

    • Thank you! 🙂 I normally do that too, although this time there were just WAAAAYYY more than usual. I think a lot of them come out in the wash too because I didn’t seem to have as much of a problem with them while plying? Scratch that. After it was plied AND washed. Not sure about that. But, it was good to see what they’d do in case I ever want the look. I think it’d look more interesting to me if they were a contrasting color than the actual singles though…Some day I will need to learn how to add stuff in while I’m drafting a singles out…I swear, I don’t know if there’s any way to ever get bored with this stuff!

  4. Neps are funny, aren’t they? I wish I could narrow down where I introduce them to my fiber. I’ve spun mill prepared roving, my own hand carded stuff, and our drum carded fiber, all from the same fleece, and had wildly different results. The drum carder seems to be the worst for neps, I hardly have them at all in the mill prepared roving. Sometimes I can tell they are bunches of super short hairs, second cuts from shearing, but other times they just seem to be tangles from poor carding technique. If only I knew what is wrong with my technique!

  5. To the woman who does not sleep,
    I understand the need to hold on to the day just to see something you’re working on get finished. It’s a secret high. Glorious!

    Sincerely,
    ~ Another Night Owl Crafter ~

  6. Maybe you already do it… But after washing your yarn, if you roll it in a towel and then stand on it, pull it out put it in another towel and walk all over it, it will only take a few hours to dry.

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