Spin Thesis: Larkspur in BFL

So … I decided to give Spinderella back her name and come up with my own spin themed post header.  How did I do?  😀

I don’t only want to document the finished items, but I want the posts to be educational for me and new spinners who might be searching for answers.  So I’ll be documenting the good, the bad and the ugly with these posts and wanted the header to reflect that.

Now that you’ve thought about that, here’s what the result of my last spin is.

Larkspur BFL Done 715(pre-wash)

(post wash)
Second spin of Tour De Fleece.
Project Details


  • Soft spots & inconsistent weight.  One section drafted apart while making a skein and now has a knot.  Additionally, the skein is thick and thin.
  • Corkscrews.  These evened out for the most part after washing and thwacking but the areas are still tightly twisted.
  • Slubby joins

Fixes To Test

  • For consistency in yarn weight — pay attention to tension,treadling, distance of drafting and drafting area
  • Increase tension once bobbin starts getting heavier.
  • Practice Jacey Boggs joining technique.

Right now, my Tour de Fleece run is done because of a dislocated thumb. I’m off crafting for the next week and a half.   So in the meantime, I’ve been dyeing more while still going through my Craftsy spinning course by Jacey Boggs.  More on that later.

I’m also inspired to start planning for Fall/winter crafting by my e-pal Dana (Yards of Happiness), who’s a knitting machine and has already made out her Fall knitting list.  I really don’t blame her … can y’all believe July is almost done?

Have you started your Fall/Winter craft planning?  Talk to me in the comments.  😀

14 thoughts on “Spin Thesis: Larkspur in BFL

  1. Monica July 26, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    Love it. I don’t ever get tired of spinning posts. They are so personal and beautiful…keep them coming.

    • Nicky July 29, 2015 / 8:33 am

      Me neither. And can I tell you … I stalk yours almost daily. 😀

  2. Preeti July 23, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    I think your spinning posts will be really informative for new spinners looking for answers. Fall / winter crafting? Haven’t given it a single thought yet since it’s still hothothot over here 😉

    • Nicky July 24, 2015 / 10:53 pm

      It’s hot here too. Some days downright stifling. I’m already living in Fall/Winter in my mind. I’m thinking if I start planning for them now, they’ll come faster. LOLOL! 😀

  3. Toni July 22, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    Good heavens–I’m so sorry to hear about your thumb. That sounds painful! How did it happen?

    BUT, you did get some lovely yarn made. 🙂

    • Nicky July 24, 2015 / 10:54 pm

      Flipping a mattress … can you believe it?!!! Because I’ve been good (and that’s so not my usual style), it’s really beginning to feel better. I think one more week then I’ll be good.

  4. Tracey July 22, 2015 / 11:35 am

    Oh no, I am so sorry you are hurt Nicky, take care of yourself.
    The spinning looks so pretty to me, I really need to work on my little drop
    Happy Wednesday to you!

    • Nicky July 24, 2015 / 10:55 pm

      Yeeeeesss!!! Once you start spindling, post on your blog. I can’t wait to see you at it.

      I’m trying to take care of myself but I’m as accident prone as a five year old. 😀
      I’ll keep trying though.

  5. Alina July 21, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    Oh, I am sorry about your thumb! As for the Autumn/Winter crafting, I am already planning cozy cardigans to wrap myself in!

    • Nicky July 24, 2015 / 10:56 pm

      And I can’t wait to see what you come up with. You’re an amazing artist!! 🙂

  6. Syd July 21, 2015 / 10:44 am

    “Spin Thesis” is an awesome name. I’m sorry to hear about your dislocated thumb. Sending healing vibes your way.

    • Nicky July 24, 2015 / 10:56 pm

      Thanks so much Syd. 😀

  7. savethestationery July 21, 2015 / 9:42 am

    Love the name of the series and looking forward to seeing more. I am trying to organize my knitting as well, mostly trying to use the yarn I actually have on hand and only buy more if I need it to supplement for a planned project.

    • Nicky July 24, 2015 / 10:58 pm

      I wish I’d thought of that before my stash got to the size it is now. I culled it again today. Didn’t plan on doing so much but once I started, I just couldn’t leave it half way. Tomorrow, I’m putting some on Ravelry for destash and I plan to knit from stash for a very, very, very lonnnnnng time. I have to get what I have down. I really do. So great job you! I want to get to the point where I’m doing just like you. The same applies to fiber.

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