Spinderella: Corkscrews

Yes … for any of you who know the rap group Salt n Pepa … I’m stealing DJ Spinderella’s name.  Once you see it, you know the post is a spinning post; I wonder if she’ll sue me for the use of her name?  😀

So … now that’s been made clear … let’s talk corkscrews … at least for those of you who spin …

Larkspur II

So I added another braid of fiber to my Tour De Fleece 2015 list.  It’s colorway Larkspur from Robin at October House Fiber Arts.  This spin has definitely been a learning experience but more on that later.

The spin was going fine until I got almost to the end, then I started to get these corkscrew things.  A quick drive-by of Ravelry showed it could be the fact that since the bobbin was getting heavier, I needed to increase my brake band tension for a quicker uptake.  Some people said not to worry about it as plying will sort this out, but I’m not plying this single.  I’m hoping when I wash and thwack it the corkscrews would relax.  Some people also said that they got these things until they were more proficient at spinning;  I know it’s only been two weeks for me but since I’m pretty much learning on my own, I need y’all to help me please.  😀

But in the mean time … this spin is done.  I finished it on Saturday and left the bobbin to rest  until Monday and will post later this week what it looks like.

That’s it for now crafty friends … and I promise, you wouldn’t only be getting spinning posts.  I promise.  😀

In the mean time … here’s a throwback Salt n Pepa video … one of the lesser known ones but with a great message … thank me later … 😉

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8 comments

  1. Oh that yarn looks so lovely! I adore pretty yarn!

    I’ve entered a sewing pledge and I’m about to write about it on my crafting website. The originator has contacted me and asked if I would think about making an outfit out of something I’ve woven on my loom. I find it interesting that she would ask, because I was thinking about doing just that. Great minds… I guess. 😉

    1. It really does feel special. I know people spin to knit, weave, crochet or embroider but right now, just making something that looks like yarn is F.O. enough for me. 🙂

  2. Have you thwacked it yet, lol 🙂 Miss Olga looks gorgeous with her new spin! Gotta be you and only you… I remember this song! Ah nostalgia ❤

    1. Yes. It’s been thwacked. 😀 The corkscrews evened out significantly after the bath and thwacking but there are still some over-spun areas. But for now, I’m happy with the result.

  3. I got a few on my latest wheel-spun this weekend! I think they happen because of slow take-up and a lot of twist, but I’m not too familiar with wheel-spinning to know for sure. I plied mine and…. well, it’s not that they sort themselves out, really, but the places where the single had corkscrews is a bit more tightly plied than others.

    1. That sounds about right. Slow uptake means more and more twist while they’re waiting to wind on to the bobbin. The washing and thwacking sorted it out but the areas are really tightly twisted. This is all apart of the learning I guess.

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