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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Hitting the Wall

This week it happened. And the name of the fiber was Ingeo! I thought I was ready. I'd tackled silk and done okay. But no, this one got me but good.

I asked my FT friends for advice and Angela suggested spinning it from the fold. This probably would have helped if I was proficient in the technique, I tried it with silk and made quite the mess. Joanne said to try drafting from the other end of the roving. A very good tip as it turns out that Ingeo is a directional fiber and will draft more smoothly from one end than the other. Lisa advised me to give it lots of twist. So, I did.

After numerous tries I finally was able to make an entire skein. It's not a good skein or a pretty skein, but it's a skein.

I found I had to be sure to use a backward moving draft rather than the way I oftentimes spin Merino by pulling some of the fibers forward. Doing that with Ingeo made lots of little bumps. The resulting yarn doesn't even feel nice--sorta like Red Heart and measured in at 11 WPI.

The frustration from the Ingeo experiment is clearly evident in the other skein I spun last week. A Navajo plyed skein from the Blue Moon Merino. The singles were severely overspun as I tried to treadle away my exasperation. But, to get longer lengths of color, I was spinning back and forth across the top, which I'm not very good at either. I much prefer to strip a painted roving down to thinner strips (I know this is a big no no with some people).

I thought I'd like this skein more than I do. The colors look muddy because I had trouble keeping them separated when spinning across the top. It seemed like the fibers from the next color down kept getting pulled into the drafting zone when I didn't want them to. Even without the overtwisting problem, the colors just don't sing to me.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone for their comments these last few weeks. I wish I was able to write everyone privately to thank them. It really means alot to me when you stop by and leave a comment. And, encourages me to keep up with writing these posts every week.


At 5:10 AM, Blogger e's knitting and spinning blog said...

I think you are way too hard on yourself. They both look lovely!!

At 6:10 AM, Blogger vanessa said...

i'm with you on spinning back and forth across the top. can never get the hang of it ;-)
your skeins look wonderful to me!

At 12:33 PM, Blogger June said...

I agree with Elizabeth! Both skeins look pretty awesome from this computer! I can't get the fold thing or the top of the roving thing either, and I do what you do, pull the roving into smaller sections - why is it a no, no??

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Melanie said...

Both skeins look great, but then I didn't have to suffer through spinning the ingeo. I asked an experienced spinner about it once and all she said was "don't go there", and I didn't. The colour is so nice in your skein. I like the colours in the Navajo plyed skein too.

At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Kerry said...

OK, so what's the problem? Both skeins look great to me!

At 8:54 AM, Blogger CarolineF said...

I had some beautiful blue ingeo Sam gave me, but I tried spinning it and it made me nuts. I destashed it. I hope it has a home now.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Spinny Bunt said...

I agree with the mob, things look pretty good. Have you tried knitting with the Blue Moon stuff? It might be something you really like when it's knit up. I think the color sep came up well. Maybe as fairisle against a navy background?

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Joanne said...

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At 1:11 PM, Blogger A Fiber Frolic said...

Thank goodness, we can count on you, Vicki, to stretch your skills even further . .. and challenge us to do the same.


At 2:04 PM, Blogger Vicki said...

Well, in the words of Martha Stewart--mediocrity is nothing to strive for.


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