Quick Question For Spinners

Do you pre-draft? Did you pre-draft when you began spinning? Should I avoid pre-draft and just learn to draft as I spin? I ask because my very first attempt with the drop spindle was SUPER fat. I didn’t know that I could/should divide my roving. My more recent and more successful attempts are generating very thin yarn. I did pre-draft but am wondering if maybe I divided the roving too much. And, I am thinking my fat-thin-fat issue is from over-drafting in areas.

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Any advice would be most appreciated! šŸ™‚

 

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4 thoughts on “Quick Question For Spinners

  1. I found it much easier to spin initially when I started predrafting and especially when I split rovings if they were dense and thick. (BTW, I find I don’t have to split or predraft the roving I’ve gotten from Cricket Manor because it’s so nice and lofty, which makes it especially fun to spin.) Some teachers say one shouldn’t draft, but I tend to be in the camp of not believing there is one right way for all spinners to spin. Rather, I think we all need to experiment till we find our personal best ways to produce what satisfies us individually.

    As far as being able to produce consistent thicknesses or being able to spin a variety of different weights of yarn, I think it just takes a lot of practice. Watching some YouTube videos helps a bit, working with a more experienced spinner looking over one’s shoulder & giving pointers can save one a bit of time in knowing what to try. I found working with a super experienced spinner in the very beginning was pretty intimidating for me & I had to give myself permission to just try my first, super cheap spindle out by myself and drop it a lot on the floor and make some really lumpy, unknittable singles for several weeks before doing it with others was comfortable. Only now, after I’ve been spinning passable yarn for several years, am I starting to take classes to refine my skills by learning from experienced teachers.

    It just mostly takes a while for your hands to learn what they’re doing, so keep experimenting and practicing! The singles in the picture you posted looked really good for a beginner to me–MUCH better than my first singles!

    Good luck with it and let us know how it goes! šŸ™‚

    • Thanks you so much for your response, Jan. And, it makes me so very happy to hear how much you enjoy spinning our roving, the girls thank you, too. šŸ˜‰ I am really loving Acaelas’ dark gray, the color really changes as you spin it. It’s beautiful!

      I hate the feeling that I am wasting wool. I know that sounds silly, but knowing the animal it came from, and what it takes to generate what I am basically experiment with weighs on me. Truth be told, I am a bit of a perfectionist (gasp) and may just have my expectations set a bit high. I, too, think it would be intimidating to sit with a master spinner; you guys make it look so easy.

      Ok, back to practicing! Thanks again for the advice, you’re the best! šŸ™‚

  2. Hi there! Your sheep are just gorgeous! To answer your question, pre-drafting certainly helps when you first are learning how to spin, but I don’t recommend relying on it. You don’t want to get used to bad habits! It’s fine to always pre-draft when you’re using a drop spindle, but you shouldn’t ever need to do that if you’re using a spinning wheel (which I personally think is easier than a drop spindle). Practice makes perfect! =)

    • Thanks you so much, Holly! I think our sheep are the most beautiful sheep ever, but I may be a bit bias. šŸ˜‰

      Right now I am using a drop spindle and really enjoying it. I was wondering about the pre-draft since I just can’t get the hang of park and draft. I am able to produce a much more even single by pre-drafting. I am not positive that I am even pre-drafting correctly i.e. too much/not enough.
      I will just keep practicing and try not to feel guilty about wasting all this beautiful wool. šŸ™‚

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