I am really going to love this spin!
The way the colors change is really exciting! 🙂
At the end of this length is some pink! I can hardly wait to see it overlap the rusty green that is coming up in the next inch or so.
But my color love really is not new is it? 🙂
What I was really going to talk to y’all about today is this contraption.
That is a VIP Spinner’s Control Card I got from an etsy shop called Art Club. I have had this tool for a good while. But I used it for the first time today to check to see if I was getting laceweight.
Um…No. Not quite. But that is pretty darn close to what I would want. This is my default yarn. According to this card, because it is measuring my singles at around a size 32 wpi, a 2-ply of this would produce a 16 wpi yarn (16 x 2-ply = 32 singles wpi). That makes it a sportweight yarn or a fingering yarn depending on who you ask (I dont know who yet, lol). That’s actually not too bad to me though. I can live with that. 🙂
I figured I may as well learn a little more while I was at it…
It was taking forever to spin across the length of the bobbin! Coupled with the fact that I am going to be spending a lot if time with another monochromatic spin…eight treadles for every little inch was beginning to unravel the little bit of decorum I have left at the end of a long day, lol. So, I decided to just go for it!
Do you see the little beehive-looking thing to the right of the bobbin?
There’s also a smaller one at the back of the rear maiden. They are called whorls (or pulleys since whorls usually refer to weighted devices in handspinning).
Now, this is how I understand it..The whorls designate the ratios a spinning wheel is capable of operating at. Ratio has to do with the number of twists that are inserted into the fiber being spun. So, for instance, a ratio of 8:1 means every time the spinner treadles once, the wheel inserts 8 twists into the fiber. If the fiber was spun so that an inch was being drafted per treadle, the resulting yarn would have 8 twists per inch throughout.
I usually keep my ratio around the same on both wheels I own. I only move the drive band a notch in either direction on either wheel, if I change anything. But, due to the overwhelming nausea experienced by having to treadle 8 times for every inch drafted, I changed that whorl with flourish today. 🙂
With the medium and fast whorls, the Ladybug comes with ratios 7:1, 9:1, 10.5:1 and 12.5:1. Incidentally, that is pretty close to the ratios for the Joy (6:1, 8:1, 11:1, and 14:1), though with the Joy, the permanent whorl is not able to be swapped out for another size. Because I have kept the medium whorl on since I got the Ladybug, I generally spin at the 7:1 and 9:1 ratios (very similar to what I spin on the Joy). That really is home base for me when I spin. But, usually, to get the amount of twist I need to keep the singles from drifting apart, I only have to treadle 2-4 times as I draft fiber. That is a comfortable treadling pace for me. So, what’d I do?
I switched to the fast whorl today. And do you know what happened? The singles started accumulating faster! The singles had the twist integrity needed within my normal drafting and treadling pace before being wound onto the bobbin. It worked out perfectly!
Here you can see the minimal progress on the left before I changed the whorl. That was spun over two days for a total of maybe 40 minutes. Compare that to the right side in the photo. That was spun over 20 minutes total. Not bad for one minor adjustment!
And it makes sense. I started this post by showing you my current wip on a spindle. The singles are about the same size. But the whorl is significantly smaller on my spindle than the medium whorl on my wheel. Changing to a faster (smaller) whorl on the wheel corresponds, in a sense to what is going on with the spindle. Bouncing around sure has its perks!
You really do learn something new everyday. 🙂