Friday, 20 June 2014 by Disaelfr
This month on HPKCHC (Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup on Ravelry) I have devoted much of my crafting time to spinning. I've been mainly practicing on the 3-ply chaining technique. This takes advantage of the distinct colours available when spinning hand painted fibre.
At the same time, I have been trying out different types of fibre. I thought it might be useful to create reference articles of my progress and findings.
On my Ashford Traveller double-drive, double treadle spinning wheel, I am spinning 104 grams Black Welsh Hand Blending , Gradient Roving I bought at last year's Glasgow School of Yarn from Hilltop Cloud.
|104 grams Black Welsh Mountain Sheep Fibre|
My singles are done using a sliding hook flyer that offers 3 spinning ratios (I used a ratio of 8). I spun the singles using a clockwise wheel direction which makes it a z-twist. Using the sliding hook flyer allows me to fill the bobbin more evenly and the larger bobbins hold up to 100 grams of 'thread'. However, while I can easily get 100 grams of singles on the bobbin, I can rarely get the full 100 grams back on the bobbin when I ply it. I believe it has something to do with the air/loft put in the plied yarn when I spin it.
I chose to do a semi-worsted technique to create a smooth 'tight' twist. I unbraided the roving and spun it at the fibre width, (i.e. no splitting) moving sequentially from one colour to the next in the roving with the fibres remaining in their parallel positions, (i.e. not on the fold). The result is as shown below.
|Black Welsh Mountain - 2 rovings on each bobbin|