Would You Fix it or Leave It?

As I was spinning this weekend, I noticed that there are spinning irregularities that I almost never fix and ones that I always fix. There is no right or wrong answer to this situation, it is 100% personal preference. Some spinners fix everything and some fix nothing. This weekend I found that I have a particular threshold.

fix it or leave it collage knittyblog jan 6I almost never fix thick and thin spots unless it is extreme to one end or the other, and sometimes I still leave those spots. The thick and thin is exactly what I like about handspun yarn. A machine can’t do it with true randomness and I think it’s what gives handspun yarn life.

It’s the blips that I have particular feelings about. The blip in the top photo I wouldn’t fix, I don’t mind how it looks and the twist goes through the bump of fiber, so it’s stable.

The yarn on the bottom I would fix, by drafting out the blip. This one is looser and it looks like a flag to me. The twist goes through part of the fiber bump, but not all of it. It was quick to fix, a little untwist and draft and it smoothed out.

Both of these yarn aren’t particularly consistent and I wouldn’t fix that. What would you do? The thing I didn’t say about this yarn is that it’s a singles. I’m not going to ply it, so it won’t have the buddy correction of a plied yarn. Does that change your answer?

Is there something that you always fix in your yarn?

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5 thoughts on “Would You Fix it or Leave It?

  1. Lucy

    My rule of thumb is: if it bugs me, if my eye keeps going back to it, I fix it. Otherwise, I consider it the ‘mark of the craft’ and let it be.

  2. Heather N Jackson

    Thank you for expressing why I fix some spinning mistakes and not others. If the twist isn’t through it I fix it. Singles I would definitely fix , they aren’t as strong to me as plied yarns.

  3. Rebecca Osborn

    Interesting! I am only starting to try to get technical with my spinning, so I don’t really have an always or never yet. I think if I were trying to spin a consistent yarn I would pick out both the spins you showed. But generally I am more likely to fix spots that are too thin than those that are too thick. Even if it’s just by breaking and going back to join at the thin spot, wrapping a little fiber around the thin spot. This happens especially when I’m spinning an art batt worsted style, which I enjoy but presents some challenges.

  4. Rebecca Osborn

    Interesting! I am only starting to try to get technical with my spinning, so I don’t really have an always or never yet. I think if I were trying to spin a consistent yarn I would pick out both the spins you showed. But generally I am more likely to fix spots that are too thin than those that are too thick. Even if it’s just by breaking and going back to join at the thin spot, wrapping a little fiber around the thin spot. This happens especially when I’m spinning an art batt worsted style, which I enjoy but presents some challenges.

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