i’m going to have to say maggie casey’s start spinning. maggie taught spinning 101 at SOAR when i was there and she’s brilliant.
first i look at the wool i will be spinning. this is 3 oz brown sheep mill ends dyed with the new organic dyes i’ve been playing with. i need to decide several things: single or plied? intentional colors or all spun up? what colors do i want to blend and which do i want to pop? this decision effects how i prepare the roving to spin. this sample had so much white in it that i decided to split it down into pretty small sections in order to retain the darker and brighter greens and not lose them into the white. there ended up being 9 in all.
i split these into two roughly equal batches, so i remember to work them on separate bobbins for plying. then, i pre-draft. light as a cloud, my friends, light as a cloud. i do a lot of spinning and this is easier on my hands than spinning straight from top. i also do this so that my yarn has some air in it going into the orifice. the wool you have may very well be already fluffy if it’s farm wool, then this step might be unnecessary.
then i spin. my default hand movement is worsted. i make sure the yarn has some extra twist, although not enough to make the singles hard. when all the singles are spun up, i ply. i don’t ply super tightly, but i did put the extra twist in so that i can use the energy from that when i ply to make the yarn more spoingy. i certainly don’t ply loosely.
after plying, i niddy noddy it and it gets thrown into the pile to be washed. to wash i soak in cold or room temp water for 20 min., spin cycle it in my washer, and twack it a good 3 times on my leg. let it dry and knit (or sell)! if i’ve left anything out that you want to know about, let me know and i’ll try my best to show/answer.
doing things like this always make me curious about others. if you’re a spinner, i’d love to know your default spin. what’s your routine? or, if you don’t want to do the long process that i did here, what’s one thing that you do differently than me?