You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
100% Merino Combed Top.

Taking It For A Spin: 10.5 and 12.5 to 1

I did a few things that made spinning this sample a MUCH better experience.

1) Oiled the flyer and adjusted the maiden bearing so that the flyer had a little more room to move. It's supposed to sit with a little leeway - I had it in too tightly before.

2) Slowed down my leadfoot tendencies.

3) Spun for 30 minutes, wound off onto a storage bobbin, spun for another 30 minutes. I can't seem to make myself measure out even lengths or weights of top, so this actually worked very well. My two sets of singles were nearly identical in length. I think one was 3 inches or so longer than the other.

With the wheel set at 12.5/1 for spinning and 10.5/1 for plying, I made a very nice, mostly even two-ply with almost none of the overtwisted problems of yesterday.

The finished yarn is about 13 wpi, which I would call a skinny worsted/dk weight. It would knit up nicely on #6 (4.0 mm) or #5 (3.75 mm) needles.

There is not very much of it, but that's why it's a sample. :)

I plan on spinning very skinny singles at the smallest ratio the Ladybug offers, which is 16:1, this weekend. I think the Merino will work really well at that ratio and I'm excited to have some truly tiny yarn. I'll let you know how it went on Monday!