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

Issues

  • 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.  😀

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 … 😉