Losing the twist


People are always surprised to hear that I like to do all the spinning on a project within one or two days. Making yarn doesn’t seem like it should be a time sensitive endeavor. Since I’ve been in a sorta “eh” mood about spinning lately, I can actually show you why I don’t let yarn sit on a bobbin for long.

The yarn on the left has been “resting” on the bobbin for over a week. It’s gotten all rope-y and loose. The sound effect for that yarn is “wah waaaah”. The yarn on the right has the proper amount of twist. Some fibers relax quicker than others, merino tends to be more clingy while suri alpaca isn’t inclined to stay twisted. Though letting singles rest overnight is a good way to relax and even out freshly spun yarn, letting suri alpaca singles rest for 9 days is a good way to make yourself more work.

Now, we aren’t up a creek without a paddle on this project yet. I’ll end up running both bobbins of singles through the wheel again, essentially re-spinning them, to add more twist before I ply. It doesn’t take quite as long as spinning from roving, but it’s still going to add an extra couple of hours to the project.  Wah waaaaah.

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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