July 2: Day 3
So, last night I started spinning up 8 oz. of "Norwegian" wool from Paradise Fibers. There is no such sheep, but they probably mean either Pellsau (a cross of Swedish Gotland and gray Spelsau) or C1, a Norwegian commercial grade of blended wools that comes from breeds like Dala, Rygya and Streigar. Either one is a wool that felts very well.
The top has super-long fibers with very little crimp and a lovely color. It really reminds me of the texture of my own hair. It is very, very clean but smells just a little sheepy.
I fought with it for about 10 minutes. The twist kept pulling back into the unspun fibers, creating slubs and a general mess. The wheel was already well-oiled, so that wasn't the problem. I tried tightening down the scotch tension, which sometimes helps with this problem, but it didn't this time.
So, I death-gripped the fiber until it made me curse and still couldn't get the yarn I wanted. I tried tearing off chunks of top and spinning from the fold...and it was even worse than what I was making before.
As a last resort, I switched the pulley on the wheel to the next-to-largest one. This is the one I normally use for super-bulky yarns. It did the trick. The wool spun very happily after that. So, live and learn!
I spun for about an hour, total, and almost filled up one bobbin.
July 3: Day 4
I finished up the first bobbin of Norwegian wool. Then, I switched out bobbins and kept spinning it. I spun for about 30 minutes this morning.
I'm really pleased by learning to spin a completely different type of wool from what I've used before. I hope the final yarn isn't too rough. It seems like it will be extremely hard-wearing and might make for some great winter mittens or very thick socks.