oy vey! way too short yarns help?

Posted By: Flames Dancing

oy vey! way too short yarns help? - 03/18/08 06:36 AM

So I've been spinning on a spindle for a while now (6-8 months) on and off, as much as I can afford roving. (working on preping raw wool, but thats somehting else.) anyways, I've gotten pretty good, my threads are mostly pretty even, and fairly fine. I'm spinning on a top whorl wood spindle, I think its about 1.5 ounces? maybe its two. mostly, I'm using blue leicesteir mostly, though I was using corridale. I'm having a wonderful time, but I have this one problem. Even spinning a very fine yarn, I find that I can't spin a yarn or thread of any great length. I double-ply, but I can't make my singles much longer either, usually, I only lose about a yard or less at the end of plying. The longest yarn I've spun so far is about 23 yards. Its between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch thick. By the time I get to between 15 and 20 yards single, or double, the spindle is wobbling all over the place, and its full. I can barely find a bare place to use to continue it spinning.
Is my spindle just too small? I like spinning this light weight yarn, I don't want a much heavier spindle, though I'd also like to spin some thicker woolens. its about 7 inches long from the bottom of the whorl to the bottom, and the whorl is about two inches or so in diameter. I see people who've spun over 100 yards on their spindles, which blows my mind. Do have any suggustions for how to spin longer yarns/threads? Is there a way to connect them without knotting them in an ukky mess? I've been thinking about selling them on etsy, if I could only get this length issue fixed. Plus, it would be way better for my weaving that way. Thanks a million,
Flames Dancing
Posted By: Llyn

Re: oy vey! way too short yarns help? - 03/18/08 08:27 PM

Is your yarn 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch thick before or after you ply it? If your singles has this grist (diameter) then you are spinning your singles at 8 to 16 wraps per inch (wpi) which is actually quite bulky for singles. Plied it would be quite bulky coming in at 3 to perhaps 6 or 7 wpi which puts your plied yarn into the heavy worsted or bulky category and your singles falling int the double knit to bulky weight range. So....the reason you're not getting good yardage on your spindle is because you're spinning bulky yarns on a small spindle smile

I have a top whorl spindle which is very similar in size to yours and my singles are coming in at 56 wpi. My plied yarn, when I get so far, should come in at about 24 - 25 wpi.

Now, there is nothing wrong with the grist of yarn you are spinning if you like the yarn you're getting. But to get more yardage, you need a bigger spindle. The other option is to draft finer and make thinner yarns.

To make a join, you need to unspin a bit (use your fingers for this) from the ends of the 2 yarns you are joining and then finger spin them together.

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