Thoughts on BFL

28 May

I’ve now spun about 30 g of the 100 g of BFL wool I got as a birthday gift.

I was surprised and a little dismayed to notice that in a top like this, where the fibers are longer than in the Finnish sheep wool and combed nicely in the same direction, it’s actually easier for me to get more thick spots. I have to draw the fibers out on a far longer distance than I’d gotten used to.

I’m also curious about whether or not I am, in fact, doing this “wrong”. I saw someone post pictures of spinning in progress, and she’d obviously just started spinning from the end of the top. I’ve separated the top into three piles, splitting it along its length, and I also split each of those three more times to get to a point where there’s not too much fiber.

It’s also been easier to work with this fiber (as promised) – when I do get the wanted thickness to the single, that’s easier to maintain for longer stretches. That could also just be me getting better at this.  I also haven’t dropped the spindle even once this time because it’s far more difficult to get the single to break when the fibers are sooo long.

I’m also enjoying how clean and soft the fiber is. The single has a nice sheen to it, and it’s darker in color than the fiber in the top. If I’m not entirely mistaken, I think I’ll get a nice heathered effect in the finished yarn.

I haven’t decided whether or not to give my shoe box lazy-Kate another chance when plying this. I’d like to try the advice of spinning all the fiber and only plying it once it’s all done, but I’m not looking forward to Andean plying 100 g of singles.

The only problem with doing that is that since I only have one spindle, I’d have to roll the single I’ve finished around something else to wait while I spin the next single, and I’m worried about doing that. I keep thinking that when I then try to spin the two singles together, it won’t work. I can’t seem to get it through my head that no matter which end of the yarn you begin with, the twist will stay the same direction… I think. I get confused at this point, usually. But I think the magic is always just that you ply the singles together in the opposite direction you spun them in, and it doesn’t matter if you start from the beginning of single 1 and the end of single 2, or which ever way, they’ll ply together just fine. *frown*

I.. think that’s how it goes.

I could, of course, just roll each single around something, so I’ll then start plying from the beginning of each single… o.O I don’t know why I can’t brain this.

Also, I want to do three-ply – but I’m restraining that urge because of that whole “learn to walk before you run” thing.

I look forward to the time when I scroll back on my blog and can look at this entry and have a chuckle at my own expense 🙂

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6 Responses to “Thoughts on BFL”

  1. agujasblog June 1, 2012 at 14:57 #

    One thing I’ve learned is that with spinning, you just have to try it. Go for the three-ply! By the way, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I recently received this award and now I get to pass it on to other bloggers I like. Here’s what to do next. Enjoy! http://agujasblog.com/2012/06/01/versatile-blogger-award/

    • bamboo#1 June 18, 2012 at 21:36 #

      Thank you so much! 🙂 And in case you noticed, sorry it took a while to reply. I’ve been finishing a big school project and then sick. But this award totally made my day and I plan to blog about it first chance I get 🙂

      I agree with you about just diving in when learning new things. The three ply will be the next thing I try with my spinning, now that I’m more comfortable with the other aspects.

  2. Woll-Maus June 11, 2012 at 11:34 #

    I’m impressed about the spinning process. Tank you for sharing your thoughts about that.

    • bamboo#1 June 18, 2012 at 21:37 #

      Thanks for coming by 🙂 I hope some other new spinner will find solace in not being alone with these sorts of problems, maybe 😀

  3. bapsi June 18, 2012 at 00:03 #

    that’s a really lovely grey, and it looks like you’re doing quite the job of letting it shine through your spinning. it was nice to read about your thoughts about the skill, and i’d love to see more of your progress in the future!

    • bamboo#1 June 18, 2012 at 21:37 #

      Thank you 🙂 I’ve been really bitten by the spinning bug so I’ll be sure to keep sharing my thoughts on it.

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