Last week had in it some time set aside for my new-to-me spinning wheel. I know I won't spin well on it right away, so I'm being patient and using fiber I won't regret ruining - some undyed brown wool with rather a lot of hay and oats in it from sheep of a breed I couldn't begin to guess at.
However, this technique may be backfiring on me.
I'm making some progress - I've gotten across the whole surface of the bobbin - but I'm still getting a very blotchy single:
I assumed all these lumps and clumps were a drafting problem since drafting is a bit of a challenge with this stuff. I pre-drafted a lot, several times, to see whether things improved, and they didn't. This picture doesn't show any drafted fiber, by the way. Just that I spun right up to the non-drafted stuff in my despair and desperation to make this work.
After a while, I quietly put away the wheel and slipped to the yarn cupboard for my spindle and the green wool fiber I bought in September, for a bit of an ego boost.
This is bouncy, fuzzy stuff that spins up superfast, with almost no drafting at all, and is the most beautiful shade of green. Really the whole thing is downright addictive: if I weren't so set on finishing my Carrot cardi, I'd have all the rest of it spun and plied by bedtime today.
I still love spinning.
The green sheep produced drafting-friendly fiber.
I know how to use a spindle.
I don't know how to use a wheel.
The brown sheep's fiber is hard to draft.
So - is the problem the wheel or the fiber, or both? I have been stymied by really, really very much not wanting to ruin any of the gorgeous fibers I have in my stash, but now I'm wondering whether I should try spinning the brown stuff on a spindle, just to see if it goes better - and if it does, I'll know I have to try spinning something else on the wheel.
Only I'd better not think about this again for a few days, because
both my spindles are full
and I'd have to clear the green one
and if the green one was yarn off the spindle I'd want to spin the rest
and then ply it
and then wash it
and then knit with it
I really, really want to finish the Carrot.
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updated to add:
I'm not the only person to want more green sheep!