I spun out half a bobbin of the silver-grey Shetland and two bobbins full of the multi-colored Corridale top and learned several lessons in the process.
- If you let the twist get past your "guard" fingers, it's the devil to get out and catch up.
- If you let yourself get mesmerized and forget to change hooks, you end up with a mess.
- If you relax while treadling, it's a lot easier to treadle.
- It's up to me to let the yarn feed onto the bobbin (I have it set on double-drive right now) and if I hold it back too long, I get curly pig tails (i.e. highly over spun singles).
- Plying removes a whole lot of twist so over spinning singles may not be a bad idea.
- It's easier to make bulky yarn on the wheel than it is on the spindle: on purpose or accidentally.
- If you have made a mess of your bobbin by not changing hooks, you have a terrible time doing the plying because the singles are all tangled and don't like to come off the bobbin.
- If you wind yarn onto the niddy-noddy wrong, you get a massive knot. (I finally threw out half a bobbin worth of Shetland rather than break down in tears of frustration).
- It's currently easier for me to spin finely on the spindle than it is on the wheel, but I am still set up on the largest whorl, so going smaller and drafting finer SHOULD result in a finer yarn.
- I can see myself making my own sock yarn and sweater yarn and enough yarn to make just about any project in a reasonable amount of time.
The Shetland, alas, is in the bin for I could not bear to look at it any longer.