The challenge this year is to spin yarn fine enough to make a Shetland shawl, to practise / spin for half an hour every day. I want to keep the goal realistic as life often has a way of interfering with my spinning.
I ordered fine tops from Jamieson and Smith as I am not a 'fibre preparation' kind of girl. Every time I attempt this, it is either too much for the hip injury or it activates my allergies.
Gorgeousness arrived on my doorstep. I weighed it out into 10g bundles and could not wait to start.
Next, Grace, my Ashford Tradional was cleaned down and given a service so she would be ready and waiting at the starting post.
Day one arrived and I was off. I started by sampling some singles to see what kind of fineness I needed. That is turquoise sewing cotton in the middle with a 2ply above and the single below.
The first half hour and I thought I had it perfect ....
Day 2 and I was moving along swimmingly into Day 3 and 4 and life had intervened and I was not focused on spinning much.
On the morning of Day 5 I woke up to the fact that the single was not as thin as I needed it to be and was back at the starting post again. The bobbin on the left is the restart.
Day 6 and Day 7 and the size of the single was still nagging in the back of my mind but life interfered yet again and I lost focus.
I checked my single agains the first one and it looked good so I continued
and the amount on the bobbin grew.
Day 10 was a rest day and I again found myself thinking about whether I had the right single fineness for what I want to knit. It was awfully fine when I plied 2 singles together. It was finer than a sample of lace weight yarn that I had so I continued spinning through to Day 12.
One of the ladies on the forum, Dawn, always posts the loveliest collages and inspired us all to play and create some for ourselves. I looked at this image on Day 13 and looking at it photographed I knew that this single was not right.
Day 13 saw me back at the starting post AGAIN but my perseverance paid off and I managed to get the angel hair single that I do need to knit the shawl. I switched from spinning from the fold to spinning worsted / semi-worsted and it worked a treat.
and here is a link to a video of me spinning it.
On Day 14 I did a happy dance around the room whooping with delight:) 41 wraps per inch for my 2 plied single which in means the single is 82 wpi and I am blown away by this.
Below my sample with 2 Jamieson & Smith yarn samples
Left = 2 ply Shetland Supreme
(a laceweight yarn)
Middle = my cobweb 2ply sample
Right = 1 ply Shetland Supreme
(a gossamer weight yarn)
The bobbin on the left is what I am currently spinning and the one on the right is the restart from earlier. What I am currently spinning is half the thickness of the other.
It has taken me 8 and a half hours to spin up my current bobbin and I have spun about 15g of fibre.
Regardless of the frustrations I have experienced with this project I have learnt so much. I love Tour de Fleece for the encouragement and the cheering along in the forums and I am grateful to be part of a lovely group of enthusiastic spinners. They all helped me to continue on when I really was thinking of retiring form the race.