When I was heading out to spin with my friend, frazzledknitter (do check out her stunning version of Humulus), I knew that I did not want to ply. Plying still intimidates me, though thanks to that selfsame good friend, I am getting more comfortable with it, but I am not ready to try in public yet. Not at all. So I grabbed a couple 100 gr packages of Lincoln fibre from the stash and off I went.
It's been compacted a bit in the bag, perhaps well stuffed is a better way of stating it, and stored for the last several years. It is a washed and carded prep but is very low processed. There is a bit of plant material in it, as you see. I debated about carding it again before spinning it and while that probably would have been a great idea, I did not have the time.
What I did opt for instead was generous pre-drafting to open it and pouf it out.
I am spinning this woolen long draw and I have to say, I think long draw and I were been born in the same place, but at different, distant times. The fibre and twist feel so natural in my hands, as if this is what I was meant for. As the twist sneaks into the carded fibre, pulling each tiny strand of fibre, it speaks to me, whispering all the things I saw in spinning that very first mystical moment when Cynthia from River City Yarns showed me what spinning was about.
I was wondering how differently it would feel to spin the Lincoln but I am not sure if my finding is the prep or the fibre. What I do know is that before the second bag is spun, I am going to make the time to card it so I can give this lovely fibre its proper due. It is very nice to work with but I think the single would be much more smooth and consistent, if I had. As it is, with it's lovely, lanolin rich, lightly processed heart, and its mildly compacted nature, it is making this lovely rustic looking single.
I took a sample off the first day I was working on it, and am pretty pleased with it so far.
I already know that I am two plying this by making it into a ball on my ball winder and plying from both ends. I really enjoyed that technique and this is a great time to practise it.
The current plan is to ply this bobbin tomorrow. I will card as well, so that the next bag will be ready for spinning on Tuesday. I want to see how much difference the re-carding makes while my hands are still familiar with the first bag. And I can't wait to see how the two different bags are in finishing! Will it make a huge difference or not?
Spinning games are at hand and I am sitting here with a silly goofy grin on my face. It really just doesn't get much better than this.