Blue Faced Leicester, Pussy Willows
Over the weekend, I finished spinning and plying the Wooly Wonka BFL roving.
290 yds, 2-ply sportweight
I hoped to spin enough 2-ply sportweight for some fingerless mitts for the Husband, and I am very happy to have done just that!
The obligatory gauge shot with a dime
Specs (bearing in mind my novice status and that I'm still learning even how to take the proper notes):
Fiber: Blue Faced Leicester roving, hand-dyed, Pussy Willows, 2 @ 2oz
Purchased from: Wooly Wonka Fibers, from Anne’s Etsy shop
Spun with: Louet Victoria
WPI/Gauge/TPI: 14wpi / Sport / avg 5.5tpi
Plies/Method: 2-ply / standard using tensioned lazy kate
Yardage/Finished Wt: 290yds / 3.2oz
Intended Project: Mitts for the Husband
Spun on slowest whorl, but with fairly high (for me) twist, medium tension. Plied with fairly high twist and medium tension.
The BFL is soft, easy to spin, medium staple length. I think I am using a short-ish forward draw. I split the roving lengthwise and spun both bobbins in roughly the same order to try to get a bit of subtle striping in the finished yarn. The yarn does have a mix of solid and barberpole sections. I had several breaks in the singles while plying which were probably a function of the tension (?). In some cases I was able to join the errant single back in and continue, a couple required knots.
My spinning and plying continue to improve, though there are slightly thicker and thinner, tighter and looser areas. The yarn bloomed a bit with a soak to set the twist. I’m quite pleased with the finished product.