You may notice the yarns in this post don’t look like my usual handspun yarns. That’s because they are completely different in the process. Now for you non-spinners I won’t go into woolen vs. worsted spinning or all the different drafting methods, etc. But I will say woolen is different and new to me. (Here is a quick video of woolen spinning, if you are curious to see it). For you spinners out there, all these woolen yarns were done by spinning from the fold - which I totally recommend as a first step into woolen spinning. It’s very addicting.
So here was my first attempt, from a 3.5 ounce batt.
It’s all crazy and thick and thin. It’s not my normal yarn, all even and predictable and precise but I still find it pretty. Only got 75 yards this first time.
Here is my second attempt. I used 3.5 ounces of merino top.
Ah, much better! I got 175 yards this time. And it is more even throughout, though still thick and thin in places. I wish this blog had feel-o-vision so you could smoosh this. It’s like a fluffy cloud. Woolen spinning makes your yarns airier, so there’s a definite floof factor. Yes, I just said floof and am coining that as an official yarn term.
Check out the fluffy plies… all these skeins are 2-ply yarns.
I am in the middle of spinning my third woolen yarn, this time out of this beautiful golden/chocolate falkland roving. We’ll see how this skein turns out as I’ve taken a break from spinning this past week or so to knit and knit and knit. But I will report back with my results.
Thanks for joining me on my little spinning journey. I think anything you can do to expand your fiber craft horizons is good, even if you find out it is not your favorite trick or method or fiber or whatever. The learning process itself is healthy. And you may find a new favorite out there. :)