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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
244 yards, baby!

Tour de Fleece, Update on Day 3 and Day 4

Day 3 Update

I plied 244 yards of singles into a two-ply (photo above). About half of them were from before the Tour, and the rest were from during the tour. I love this yarn! It is really smooth and shiny.

One of the things I love about my spinning is I've become more consistent. I put this skein next to the one I, basically, spun over a month ago. They look nearly identical.

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Here it is, taking up a lot of my breakfast table.

Day 4

This morning, I opened up an undyed 3.5-oz. batt. It's an alpaca/merino blend. It's a huge batt!

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There are a lot more of these. Trust me.

So, I pulled it into four large strips, and used a ruler to tear off sections, then rolled them into pseudo-rolags.

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Bad photo, happy spinning.

After I got ready for work, I had about 20 minutes to spin, so I did. With a long draw, I ended up with a single that is around a sport-weight. I might ply it into a heavy worsted/light bulky. But maybe not. I haven't decided.

If I'm feeling smart, I could weigh the pseudo-rolags and divide them into two piles, which would make creating a two-ply easier. I'm not known for planning my spinning very well, but I reaped the benefits of weighing out fiber on those singles I just plied, so maybe I'm turning a corner.

How Many Bobbins?

How many bobbins should a spinner have? I'm pretty sure the answer is "as many as possible." But, I think, at least two. I have two right now. I use cardboard tubes and a ball winder to free up bobbins, so I can ply and all of that.

It helps to let the singles "rest" for at least 24 hours before taking them off the bobbin. This hardens softly-spun yarns so that they won't fall apart and allows tightly-spun yarns to be a little less, um, likely to fight back during plying.

Since I often spin for small amounts of time in the morning and at night, I find two bobbins helps a lot. Otherwise, I might not get to spin as much as I would like.

Spinners, how many bobbins do you have?