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Wednesday, July 6

TdF 2016, Day 1-5

6.7.16 Posted by Vaire , ,
TdF 2016, Day 1

So far, I have met the goals I set myself, and learned a few things as well.

TdF 2016, Day 1

Draft #1. This is what I use most, so it was quick and simple. Divided the Acorns braid for a fractal pin and spun the first single.

TdF 2016, Day 2

I did the second draw from the class, and boy the backwards draft does not come easily to me! I persevered, cranked up the tension on my miniSpinner a lot, and spun the whole amount of fibre. I was afraid of getting some angry flashing lights, but apparently the tension was not too high, just much more than I like.

Then I went on reduce the tension to normal (i.e. no tugging just a gentle nibble) to spin the second half of Acorns braid.

TdF 2016, Day 3

Draft #3 done. Massively overspun at the start, but improved towards the end. I was surprised that it was so uneven because it was another short forward draft, but hey. You live, you learn. And on day 3 I learned that I am not really enjoying spinning merino from the fold. Which did not bode well for the next day.

Finished plying Acorns and I have finally managed to completely fill a bobbin. Yay! 113 g of sport weight is the perfect amount for the lace bobbin, apparently.

TdF 2016, Day 4

4th draft done. Ugh! Spinning merino from the fold is such a wrong thing to do to it, and short backwards draft has still not clicked.

However, the BFL cheered me up right quick. I started on the first yarn of three, the cables. I split the first third of the braid vertically into four pieces and then flipped two for maximum barberpoling. First single is finished and it was a delight to spin.

TdF 2016, Day 5

Draft #5 is my second favourite draft so far. I used it to spin the Acorns, in fact. Second single for cabled rainbows is also done. I totally see now why BFL is loved so much by handspinners. It is silky, lustrous and soft all at the same time. I am loving spinning it.

Rolags are coming up soon. Whee!