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As a novice spinner who tends to spin fine-gauge singles, I've had ends break and get buried a few times. I've sometimes had good luck with a Vicky Square suggestion to rub a toothbrush gently across the bobbin to raise the loose end. Doesn't always work, but worth a try.

By Blogger cathy, at 12:15 PM  

Oh Cathy - that's a good idea. I even remember seeing someone do that once. Thanks for the tip.

By Blogger Bess, at 7:02 AM  

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Sunday, March 02, 2008  

It's a good thing my standards are low when it comes to handspun yarn, because the little skein I spun and wet set is .... fine for me, probably horribly uneven for anyone else. Knit up it will suit my purpose, which is good enough. I have also decided I'm going to wash my Ashford Elizabeth down with Murphy's oil soap today. The wheel is probably quite dirty but I am mostly hoping the moisture will soak into the wood and make it swell up a bit. It's so wobbly it drove me crazy with it's rhythmic squeaks. I also lost an end in the singles yesterday - something I've never had happen before. The bobbin was winding up so loosely (I think because of the overall looseness of the wheel) that when an end slipped out of my fingers and wound onto the bobbin I couldn't find it!! Had to just break the yarn where I thought it might be and start spinning again. There was a break when I did the plying, but it was easy to fix.

I find it fascinating how people have different “natural” yarns – either tight or loose, thick or fine. I almost never spin tight yarn and my natural yarn is almost always a DK weight. One reason I wanted the Golding was that it had so many ratio possibilities that I could create some very fine spun yarns without having to treadle forever. I have some lovely Cotswold on my Golding right now - yarn I'm much more satisfied with than today's sample - and I don't want to ply it from a center pull ball. I want to ply it with another bobbin full. The Golding bobbins are expensive so I don't have any spares lying about - just 2 regular sized ones and the huge plying bobbin.

Red yarn with a hint of green.


I've decided the chocolate brown merino is likely to be too dark to pair with this yarn, even though it would go splendidly with the gold. So I am going to look for something else in my stash. I have some oatmealy colors that would work with the red. I could do 2 bands of 2 different colors each in my mitts. Or, I have a merino/tencil top in a lovely medium pea green. Unfortuantely, it's combed, not carded, but it would go with both colors. Got to think on this and get back with you tomorrow.

Happy Sunday to you all.

posted by Bess | 8:31 AM