Swatching for spinning

Project Description

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

What you will need

  • Romeldale Wool

Q&A with Silhouette169

PhyllisGula asked:
They all look nice... what preparation method have you decided on?
Silhouette169 answered:
My choice is for the combed prep. While I will have more loss I will better achieve the yarn I am looking for. Next I will of course have to play with the grist of the yarn but this is a great start.
Neshobe asked:
Great idea, and a great illustration-- thanks. I'm a spinner too, and love spinning breed specific fibres. I've also decided to do swatches. Hate to knit but the swatches are a great way to get a feel for the fibre (and show the customer when I get to that point).
Silhouette169 answered:
This was the first time I enjoyed swatching and have always hated it in the past but after taking this course I am going to swatch for everything now.
MamaMoore asked:
Your prep is amazing!
Silhouette169 answered:
Why, thank you!
Ann11 asked:
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.)
Silhouette169 answered:
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.

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