Spinning Saturday: One Ounce of Agate

Just finished spinning an ounce of my current spinning WIP.

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It’s called Agate and its a merino, superwash merino and silk blend by Three Waters Farm. I bought 8 ounces of this colourway and its a dream to spin, though it’s a lot to spin too and on a drop spindle it’s going to take me a long time. I decided to spin it as a fingering weight fractal two ply so this is part of the short repeats ply and since my drop spindles don’t hold all that much I will be making the yarn in 4 2 ounce skeins.

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It took me far too long to wind it onto my new/old bobbin (like 2 hours-ish), I really hope that winding both my singles to be plied onto it will be worth my trouble when I ply it and that the singles will wind off semi-evenly.

I think I’m going to take a bit of a break in between this though because I’m getting a bit bored, I think I’m going to spin some dark brown coopworth wool that’s been in my stash for a while. I’m thinking a worsted weight singles yarn would be a nice change from the very fine singles I’ve been spinning now.

6 thoughts on “Spinning Saturday: One Ounce of Agate

    • Thanks! šŸ™‚ I can’t say I know exactly, I am entirely self taught and dont know what technique or if I use a technique at all. The best way I can describe it would be that I let only a small amount of fibre be drafted out at a time and if more comes out than I want I draft it out thinner before I add all the twist. Also if its really thin and I’m worried the unspun finre wont support the spindle I build up twist in the yarn and then I pinch below the drafting area, bring the spindle up and let go so that the twist travels up the fibre before it has to support weight. I hope that helps! Maybe I should actually make a blog post or video about it sometime then.

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      • A video would be great… I too am completely self taught – from a YouTube video. One of the things I really struggle with is how thick the yarn should be. All my attempts so far have been a chunky weight (or heavier).

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      • I’ll see what I can set up camera wise then and hopefully I can come up with something decent šŸ™‚
        Generally for yarn thickness I aim for the untwisted fibre to be just a bit thicker than I want the single to be. For this yarn I was aiming more or less for something just a but smaller than the average wood pencil lead.

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