OK, a quick update on spinning!
I have a ridiculous quantity of Lorna's Laces roving that I bought several years ago at a very good price – something like 20oz of each of three colours. Here's the palest of the lot – I think the colour name is 'Georgetown':
(Note: the photography books are not mine. If they were, my photographs would probably be better.)
Jut over 4oz have now become 285m of 3-ply, coming in at around 12wpi. If I keep going at that rate, I can expect to end up with about 1350m of roughly aran-weight yarn – easily enough for a sweater! But I have a long way to go…
So how will I stay consistent? Easy:
Weavers sample, knitters swatch and spinners… sample. I'm not sure that there's a different name for it. And, with my samples, I make reference cards.
At the far right of the card is a bit of roving pre-drafted to the thickness required to make the singles for this yarn – which are shown next to the pre-drafted roving. This helps me keep my singles consistent, when I don't necessarily spin all that much in one sitting, and quite often go for weeks between spinning sessions.
At the left of the card are a few turns of the finished yarn – in this case, a 3-ply from three different bobbins, just straight plying, nothing fancy. This helps me keep the ply twist right (assuming I got the singles twist right, that is – that bit's a little harder for me to keep consistent…) – and there are some really brief notes on the fibre and the finished yarn, too. This little card just fits neatly on my wheel, just under the flyer, and allows me quick and easy reference as I spin, just at a glance, to make sure I'm still on the right track.
And below it? A tiny little mini-swatch. Which looks fab and suggests that this yarn may knit up to the same gauge as RYC silk aran, which, coincidentally, is exactly what I was aiming for.
No photos as yet of the actual skein I made – you'll just have to believe me. And use your imagination. 😉