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Pencil Roving on a Spinning Wheel

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I had purchased some pencil roving in white and grey/black from Woolery.  This was a great medium to begin my spinning with.  Most articles that you read and YouTube videos that you watch, Craft Daily videos, etc, will recommend that you begin by getting a feel for your wheel and just treadling for a while to see how little effort it can take to get your wheel going and keep it going.  This is great advice, that I did not take.  After assembling my wheel  I dove right in.  I had this pencil roving sitting around from a previous attempt at a project.  It is, to be frank, outerwear roving.  Now that it is spun up and in a 3 ply I will have to figure out a project that I can use it for.  Since it is so rough I would rather not make it into a scarf, but I might try weaving with it to see if I can make some kind of warm outer shawl with it.    I really enjoyed working with this roving and my new wheel.  It is truly amazing how little effort it takes to keep the wheel spinning and how little twist needs to be put into this roving to keep it together.  This is unwashed, there was a third skein but it was my first time using my new Lazy Kate and I didn’t do a very good job keeping the strands separate.  There are pigtails everywhere, even a couple of big globs of pigtails.  If you never do anything wrong, then you are never doing anything!

Happy Spinning (the other skein might make it into a blooper reel I am not sure yet).

Ply That Yarn

First attempt at plying

This was my first attempt at plying. I do not know what the fiber is (really soft 2″ staple) though I suspect it is some kind of wool or cotton (I know how do I make these huge leaps).  I know it isn’t bamboo because I have some of that and need to look into getting blending board because it is too slick for me on its own.  I think that the plying went well, without a lazy kate, and look forward to making this into something.  Anything.  Probably vaguely bracelet like so I can wear it!

Silk

Silk thread to ply later

Finally a fiber I can Identify!  While looking for some magnets for a project of my mother’s I found some old silk ‘hankies’ I had purchased to spin.  It was a blast spinning these yellow/gold ones into threads and after they have rested I look forward to plying them.  Yes, I’m still working with Toilet paper roll centers. they work really well!  Okay, so I don’t have a Lazy Kate either, I managed to ply a 2 ply yarn without it, so I hope this goes well!

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