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Swatching for spinning

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A swatch of each fiber prep.

Created in this Craftsy Course

Know Your Wool taught by Deborah Robson

Get the wool truth! This free mini-class with Deborah Robson gives you a nuanced understanding of different fibers and the best use for each type of wool.

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Category Spinning
Style Traditional
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What materials did you use? Romeldale Wool

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What are you most proud of? That I actually sat down and swatched (and that they turned out square). By swatching, the characteristics of each yarn were amplified and I was better able to see the differences in detail.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't sweat the details with swatching - just dive in - you can adjust later.

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Your prep is amazing!

07/23/2012 Flag

Why, thank you!

07/23/2012 Flag

How long have you been spinning? & did spinning with different breeds make a significant difference to your spinning style(s)? (This might be redundant to ask, but I just found out about the class.) Also, thought your photo was great. (Have really learned the necessity of swatching.)

07/26/2012 Flag

I have been spinning diligently for about 3 years. At first I only spun prepared roving and batts and everything I spun was with a short, forward draw. Now I dictate my spinning style by several factors: What is comfortable to spin (what does the fiber WANT to do, what does my body want to do) and what are my desired results for the yarn. So I guess I could say yes, different breeds do make a difference to my spinning style since different breeds have different physical characteristics that want to do different things and some spinning styles lend themselves to those differences better than others.

07/26/2012 Flag

I, too, prefer combing for my fine fleeces (merino/Corriedale/Polwarth). I played around until I found a method to get the best result with the least losses: 1. I separate my fleece into locks as I put them into my wash-bag. I do not put any 'jumble' in there, but keep that aside for doing something with later. 2. After washing and drying, I comb out the tips and the butt end with a cat flea comb. That gets rid of some minor rubbish. 3. I then put the locks butt end down on my St Blaise combs. i put on quite a lot, as the tips and butts are already combed. 4. I then comb through with the St Blaise combs twice - one gets from butt on comb to tip on comb, the second time reverses the process, so I end up with the butt back on the comb. 5. I then diz the fleece, to get a nice long, even, nep-less roving. Care has to be taken when you get to the last of the fleece on the comb, as that's when the rubbish can start to get dragged through. Stop! This has given me the best of results with the least effort - and I enjoy seeing my greasy fleece evolve into candy floss, then Mr Whippy ice-cream and finally into meringues! Mmmm. Sorry this reply is so long after your original comment - I have only just got around to doing the course.

01/05/2013 Flag

I am a crocheter and knitter and after taking this course, I yearn to save up for a spinning wheel. I am greatly enjoying and appreciating the quality of everyones posts, where I am accruing more knowledge. Thank you from an eager to learn spinner.

01/11/2014 Flag

I am a new knitter and am fascinated by the breed specific wools. I can't wait to get my hands on some rare breed wools. Thanks, class has been super helpful.

01/21/2014 Flag