at the end of last year i decided to participate in my own fiber club. i was going to buy one new thing each month and spin it up. well, i added another wrinkle to the plan because i'm aiming for decreasing my fiber stash overall. i decided that i need to spin a skein of yarn from my stash before i purchase new fiber.
so in january i diligently got out a braid from my stash and spun the singles. then when i sat down to ply, it all went to hell.
Fiber: SeeJayneKnit BFL
124yds/110g aran weight
6ply (2 singles chain-plied together)
spun longdraw from the fold, soaked and thwacked to finish
the takeup on my wheel was non-existent. it didn't matter how much i adjusted, the yarn would just twist and twist and wouldn't draw onto the wheel. it was a nightmare, especially with trying the 6ply for the first time. i finally ended the mess that i was attempting halfway through and let it sit for several weeks. finally last weekend, i removed the spring on the brake band and replaced it with a hair elastic. poof--problem solved. my wheel works beautifully again. the second skein went much better but i ended up with some fairly craptastic yarn thanks to all the problems i had. one day i'll have to try the 6ply again.
and here's my reward for all of my troubles. i know that this isn't a vendor that is new to me but i've been really pleased with all of the fiber i've gotten from allspunup. when i saw that she was doing one of my favorite blends, alpaca/merino/silk for her spinalong, i couldn't resist.
and i'm very glad i didn't. this is one of my favorite color combos. i finished spinning the yarn last night--i just need to finish it.