I’ve been spinning constantly over the last couple of weeks. Slowly, I’ve twisted this large bag-full of carded Texel wool…
It’s amazing how much “smaller” all that wool seems to get, going from fleece to rolags, and rolags to singles.
I think the original fleece was only 3.9 lbs. Pretty small. Mom washed it up and then we split it. What I have here is a little over 1 lb of singles. That means that a goodly portion of the weight was:
- Lanolin and dirt lost in the washing
- Unsuitable wool that I tossed after trying to spin with it, realizing it was too tender or to tacky.
- Not wool at all. It was vegetable matter that I had to painstakingly pluck out by hand. Grrr. Die VM, die!
Now, it’s time to ply. A simple two-ply, I think, so I can more easily monitor my twist. I’m told that long-draw singles need to be plied firmly. I don’t want my yarn to drift apart on me when I start to knit with it. What a depressing thing that would be.