Hank #2 was the first hank I spun after reading up a bit on spinning online and discovering that water was necessary to set the twist in my yarn. That’s why Hank #1 looked like this:
Hank #3 is the first hank I successfully spun at a non-chunky gauge. I was so proud of how I started to learn to control my drafting, not letting it come out in hap-hazard chunks. Well, not as much, anyway.
Hank #4 is the first merino roving I allowed myself to touch. It was a horrid pepto-bismol pink, though, so I decided I didn’t mind ruining it in the name of learning. Its character was so unexpectedly different form the generic practice wool I’d been using that it confused me a bit. I couldn’t seem to maintain control and I kept letting the yarn get too thin without enough twist. It broke frequently. I got lots of practice at joining. Ah, joining: that was the theme of Hank #4.
Hank #5 is the same merino as Hank #4, but spun on a brand-new, much lighter spindle. I find that the new spindle is better balance and turns more smoothly (my first spindle is handmade from a dowel and a toy wheel).
After seeing how Hanks 4 and 5 turned out, I am thinking that I might like to try steaming my yarn to set the twist instead of soaking it in the sink. Perhaps this will cause less fluff-factor to creep in. I may need to acquire a niddy-noddy. At the moment, I’m using legs of a small upside down side table to wind my yarn: a little awkward. It makes me wonder what sorts of household items other new spinners misappropriate. Sounds like a good idea for another blog post. Feel free to steal it.