Day 8 - Challenge
I have never spun proper low-twist singles yarn with drafting (pre-yarn roving does not count), so that is what I chose as a challenge. The only wool that I had that I wanted as singles was superwash, so that turned the challenge up a notch.
I have the Spinning Stupendous singles class from Craftsy, I went a re-watched some of the lessons to refresh my memory, and then I plunged in at the deep end.
I am not going to buy any superwash BFL again. It made my fingers itch in a bad way, and I do not like how it feels to spin. It was also very hard to control the grist with it, I expected it to be smooth and slick, but it was slick and lumpy at the same time. It is half way done and I will finish the yarn on the next challenge day, but next singles yarn will be spun out of normal wool.
The superwash singles being too fragile was the risk I decided to take after reading up on it. If they don't hold together, they don't and I have learned something, and that is fine too. If they do end up being usable, I was thinking of using them to crochet something instead of knitting with them. That way the fabric structure would support the yarn and help it stay intact.
Back to the Craftsy class. The short backward draft it still not agreeing with me, but now it is because I don't like moving both hands and my torso to spin, not because my fingers don't know what to do. I doubt I'll ever be choosing this over short forwards draft, but I'll have it in my tool kit.
The final single of the cable is finished and it was a delight to spin fine high twist singles with BFL again. Love the fibre, love the colours, love the smell of the wool, and love the singles.