I’ve been working on getting my singles more consistent. I’ve been using a sample that I regularly check my spinning against to make sure I’m on the right track.
A lot of spinners use a ply-back sample that they check regularly, but I find that doesn’t work for me.
Lately I’ve been using a wrapped card sample and I like it much better.
For me a ply-back sample works much better when I spin worsted, which is more than before, but not my standard spin.
For me the wrapped card and ply-back with a worsted spin are similar, but I still use both, like on the card above.
Here’s why I don’t like a ply-back for woolen – the puff.
The twist in the woolen ply-back sample is trying it’s best to crawl right off of the card, making the sample inconsistent. The wrapped singles stay put and consistent.
I use card stock, nothing heavier. I want to know if I’m pulling my single as I’m wrapping instead of just wrapping and card stock will buckle right away if there is extra tension. I cut the card stock into a rectangle-ish shape and cut slits at each end to anchor my yarn. I anchor one end, wrap 10 or so times and anchor at the other end.
Some times I add a ply-back sample, just as an extra check.
When I check my singles, I hold the wrapped card next to the bobbin and check that the singles are a close enough match. It just works better for me. As a bonus, it saves the little bit of time it takes to pull singles off the bobbin and do a ply-back test and wind the singles back on the bobbin, it’s not much, but I’ll take any time saving measures.
Sometimes I punch a hole in the card to hang it from my wheel. When I’m very organized I write all of the info I’d like to remember about the fiber, wheel settings and spin on the back of the card.
How do you keep consistent?