-the redhead- (theredhead) wrote,
-the redhead-

Tips for spinning fat yarn

Some tips on spinning fat yarn for myself and my fellow laceweightaholics:

- don't predraft down to the thickness you want. Instead, try leaving it thicker than you want so when your hands are working the fiber on 'autopilot' there's more thickness there to start with.

- *OR* do predraft down to the thickness you want and then practice just adding twist. This may help you get the feel for the fatter yarn and become more comfortable the speed of the fiber through your hands.

- use the biggest whorl you have.

- treadle more slowly. This one is a real toughie for me ;)

- set the take up on your wheel higher, so it is pulling the fiber onto the bobbin more quickly. That will keep the fiber moving through your hands faster - less opportunity to draft in the zone and fiddle with it. It may seem uncomfortable at first b/c your hands will still want to do their normal thing. Try not to be ‘grippy’ – that’s exactly the opposite of what you need to do for fat yarn.

- try practicing with a 'sticky' roving where the fibers really want to hang together.

- try distracting yourself a bit. I find it helps relax my back hand and let the fiber flow more freely - this is one of the big keys for me. Paradoxically, I have to pay much more attention to my fat yarn than I ever do to my laceweight. It's a fine line to walk.

- deep breathing.

- stop when you get frustrated – it leads to gripiness and is guaranteed to block the fat yarn.

- for me to get proper fat yarn it almost feels like I'm throwing the fiber at the wheel as fast as I can. It seems a little bit out of control, but it works.

- have a nice Guinness ;)

-the redhead-
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