So Much To Learn (Plus A Finished Object)

A little while ago, I was telling yinz about spinning in double drive on my new spinning wheel, an Ashford Traveller. I mentioned that I love spinning in DD on it when using the regular flyer, but that I had all kinds of trouble when I tried DD using the high-speed flyer. I chalked it up to operator error/inexperience.

I can be a bit stubborn persistent when I get something in my head, and I really, really wanted to remedy my inability to spin in double drive using the high-speed flyer. So after I finished up this project–

Lovely BFL pin-drafted roving from Sunset Fibers

The roving unwound for dividing in half

After dividing the roving in half lengthwise, I had two bumps to spin. I spun one bump as is; the other I divided in half lengthwise again and spun it onto one bobbin end to end.

I spun the roving in double drive using the regular flyer.

I plied the singles from the two bumps together to get this gorgeous, 2-ply, lace weight BFL yarn.

I decided to give the high-speed whorl another whirl in double drive. (Did you see what I did there?) So I removed the regular flyer and put on the high-speed flyer. But this time, instead of using the shorter and thinner drive band I had used before when I tried the fast flyer, I just used the regular drive band.

I had to tilt the MOA a lot to get the band tensioned properly, and I was worried this would cause a problem.

The mother of all is tilted pretty far to the right, looking from behind the wheel.

You can see how far up the tensioning screw is.

But then I started spinning a braid of superfine Merino top that I bought from Spinneretta’s Studio,

Lovely superfine Merino wool from Spinneretta’s Studio in a colorway called Bloody Broomstick

and–OH MY! It was heaven. There is a bit of vibration in the maidens with the MOA tilted back so far, but it’s not enough to be annoying. And it’s nothing compared to the vibration I get with the bulky flyer on my Lendrum.

This is the thinnest and most consistent yarn I have ever spun, and it’s effortless.

The first bobbin. Note that I’m using the larger pulley. I was afraid to try the smaller pulley because I don’t know how far I can tilt the MOA before I start having serious problems.

Can you see how thin these singles are? Pretty much sewing thread.

Of course, I’m only on the first of four bobbins I plan to spin and ply to make a 4-ply yarn destined to become fingerless mitts, and the spinning gremlins might show up at any time, but so far, so good.

There’s always something new to learn in the art (and science) of spinning, and I’m learning something new with every project I start. And I don’t know what I would do without the community of spinners and knitters on Ravelry and in the blogosphere. The are the most helpful and generous folks on the face of the Earth.

Don’t forget to check out Tami’s FO Friday to see what other fiber artists are up to.



11 thoughts on “So Much To Learn (Plus A Finished Object)

  1. This is simply gorgeous. Both of them, actually. I still haven’t got a spinning wheel (but will buy one this year) and it’s SO SLOW on the spindle … Plus, plying is still quite difficult for me. But this is great! 😀

    • Thank you, Julia. I’m happy to hear you plan to buy a spinning wheel. When I got my first wheel, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. I loved spinning on my drop spindles, and I thought maybe a spinning wheel would be too, um, mechanical or something. But I fell in love with spinning on a wheel, and my poor spindles have been sorely neglected.

  2. You are getting awesome at spinning! That is incredibly thin. One day I will get back to spinning. When my kids are not removing my spun single faster then I can spin… 🙂

    • Thanks, Cindy. I think it would very difficult to spin with little ones in the house. Spinning wheels are hard for little children to resist. I know, because growing up we had my great-grandmother’s spinning wheel decorating our house. I have what’s left of it down in my basement. It lost a lot of bits and pieces over the decades. 🙂

  3. That is really lovely yarn you spun! Thanks for the pictures as to how you set up your wheel. I’m a brand new spinner and it really helps!

    • Thank you for your kind remarks. I’m very happy my pictures are helpful. Good luck with your spinning. The more you do it, the better you get at it. Don’t be hesitant to experiment and find out what works best for you.

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