Jillian’s Spinning: When Will I Learn to Keep Track?

This past weekend I had another lesson in why I need to keep track while I’m spinning. I need to spin a 2-ply woolen yarn and a 2-ply worsted yarn from the same fiber for my next Knittyspin column. I spun four bobbins, 2 of woolen singles and 2 of worsted singles. I was sure I could keep track of which was which, even though it was night and I was watching the second season of Game of Thrones. (I hope the sound effects person for GoT wins awards, because it wouldn’t be so visceral and gross without all of those squishy fighting sounds.)

I matched up bobbins and plied. And what did I get? Two 2-ply samples of WoolenandWorsted.

Woolenandworsted, d'oh.
WoolenandWorsted, d’oh.

You can really tell looking closer. There’s a section of pink and blue – one ply smooth, one ply fuzzy. It’s Corriedale.

WnW closer
WnW closer

I could have unplied and replied, but what a mess. I respun. This time I spun two singles and plied straight away, instead of having four bobbins sitting around, tempting fate. Much better.

Worsted, top and woolen, bottom.
Worsted, top and woolen, bottom.

I sincerely hope that one day I will learn not to rush and to mark my yarns within a micron of their fuzzy little hearts .

Did any of your learn any hard spinning lessons this weekend?


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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

6 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: When Will I Learn to Keep Track?

  1. Pingback: Jillian’s Spinning: When Will I Learn to Keep Track? | Yarn Buyer

  2. Cheri

    I think the WnW is GORGEOUS!!! I wish I made beautiful mistakes! 😉
    What are your plans for it??

  3. Kristi

    There must be a project waiting for the perfect textured yarn that will be beautiful with that woolensted! I love that you made a goofy mistake and then told everyone about it. That’s where great ideas come from!

  4. Savannagal

    First, let me point out that I am completely ignorant about spinning. I read a lot, but have never spun or taken a spinning class. You said “I could have unplied and replied, but what a mess. I respun.” So, how did you respin the yarn, if you didn’t pull it all back apart? Why does it matter that you plied a woolen and worsted strand together, other than that you had not intended to do so? Isn’t it just another type of yarn with it’s own characteristics? Or is there some reason it will not be good yarn? Will it get wonky when washed? or stretch oddly? or pucker? Just wondering. Thanks.

    1. Jillian

      I respun the yarn by starting from the beginning with unspun fiber, and spinning singles then plying them.

      It doesn’t matter that I plied woolen and worsted together, except that I need an all woolen sample and an all worsted sample for an article I’m writing.

      If I was knitting for myself or a gift I would have used the woolenandworsted yarn. It’s a little uneven because of the differences of the plies, but it’s uniformly uneven :-). Stockinette knit out of the combo yarn would have more surface texture than stockinette knit from the straight woolen or worsted yarns.

      I’ll knit a sample and show it next week!

  5. Nika

    I love hearing about how you end up solving your issues whenever you have a problem in your spinning!

    I tend to be pretty bad at remembering the right amount of twist when spinning, especially if it is a project I am spinning off and on! Just yesterday while unwinding some singles off a spindle I noticed the first half was super softly twisted while the second half was full of cockscrews 😛

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