Yep, I’m still working on perfecting my merino spinning skills to develop enough confidence to start spinning for the Spin-Off sweater. I’ve split yard-long lengths of roving into thin strips, pre-draft these thin strips well and then spin with moderate twist. The singles are spun on a 9:1 ratio whorl and plied on a 7 1/2:1 ratio whorl.
I found that the long fibers of the tussah silk in this mixed merino/silk roving helped make it much easier to spin than a pure merino roving. Although I initially liked the mix of colors in pre-spun fiber once spun, I started finding that the red didn’t show up much in the singles. So after finishing a bobbin of singles I decided to ply the silk/merino singles with another bobbin of red merino singles to create a barber pole type yarn. The swatch in the top left corner was made from this barber pole yarn and the swatch below it was made from pure merino yarn.
It’s gorgeous knitted up.Tweedy with a nice sheen.
Your spinning is fantastic ! Really !
Mmmm. It took me a long time of swearing and spinning (mostly self taught here) before someone introduced me to the magic of pre-drafting. Makes a big difference, doesn’t it?