Topic: Spinning Retreats
At the spinning retreat this past weekend,one of the yarns we made was the "standard" 2 and 3 ply fine angora.
Angora, because of its tiny micron, spins best/evenly at a lacy weight. At this stage it is easier for the spinner to get the fibers aligned, and will provide the maximum fluff, and wear. To make this kind of angora yarn thicker, many plies can be worked together.
This kind of yarn is real work for me, because I tend to fall asleep while making it. I much prefer to make thick and chunky yarns with angora IN them. They will be posted later this week.
But, it was a good exercise for all of us to make this yarn. It does require a very light take up on the wheel, and we had fun experimenting with getting Louets, which have a very strong bobbin lead draw, to behave. But, we whipped them into submission!
Scotch tension wheels have always been easier for me to adjust for varied yarn thicknesses/twists. I spin all my angora yarns on Ashford
wheels, with the JOY and ELIZABETH 2 being my favorites. But Shelia tells me her double drive wheel Winsome Timbers "Patience"
does all this.
Now, I need to visit Shelia and try it!
Posted by countrywool
at 8:25 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 5 October 2004 8:31 AM EDT