Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Lumpy yarn is still yarn!
I've finished my first bobbin of yarn. Doesn't it have....character? My ends also look a bit underspun. Its...artistic too. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I'm a bit disappointed and am again blaming the wheel. (Though the wheel and myself both know it's really me.)
I'm still having trouble with the tension on the wheel. This homemade wheel's tension is a bit hard to adjust, especially since it uses a leather strap rather than a knob. No matter how hard I tight it, the flyer still moves at the same speed as the bobbin.
I ended up holding the flyer in place when I needed the yarn taken up, which resulted in overspun sections and me loosing my rhythmn.
After I wind this yarn up, I'm going to practice more without any fiber. I'm going to get that flyer moving right!
Luckily, there is a fiber festival in the area at the end of March. All the classes have been filled up for months, but maybe I could take my homemade wheel along and get some hands on advice.