Friday, April 25, 2008

Spinning a True Woolen Yarn


Carding a rolag
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In tonight's episode, Stephenie demonstrates the sheer magic of spinning a woolen yarn. Here, she's carding the rolag. Notice how light and fluffy the fibers are?



Rolling the Rollag
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Here, she's lightly rolling the rolag (notice the clever way those words are related?) off the handcarders.



Drafting woolen yarn
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This is where the magic starts. See the fluffy mass in her left hand? She pulls that mass back from the orifice all at once, leaving the lumps where they occur, but...



Attenuation
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She just drafts those clumps from both ends!



Magic!
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It's just plain magic, I tell you. That big airy clump of wool just stretches out and becomes an airy yarn.



Plied woolen yarn
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Here's what the woolen yarn looks like when plied back on itself. look at how fuzzy and airy it is. You wouldn't believe how much sproing this yarn has!!


I hope this shows you how easy Steph makes this look. I think I may actually be able to do this correctly now!

In other fiber progress -- I've been steadily spinning up a couple of punis a day. When I get good at rolling the punis, then I'll start spinning on the SpinTech. My plan? I want to weave a garment to wear to SOAR.

I've also carded and dizzed enough for spinning a bobbin, maybe two. That's on the agenda for this weekend. As is more knitting on the RocketGanseyDottir.

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