On day 3 I did not get much spinning accomplished, that darn work got in the way. However I did manage to get half of my “Bloom” roving carded up to be spun in the “Monet” way. It appeared as though for a true “Monet” spin the fiber was to be hand carded. I did do about half of this section of fiber, a quarter of the total fiber, on hand cards but the other half was done on a drum carder. I love how this fiber turned out.
As for the 4th day, I managed to begin spinning the roving from my wrist distaff as it came. This is great practice for me, not only spinning consistently, but moving across the end of a piece of top. Both skills are taking quite a bit of concentration so I can only do so for about an hour at a time. This means that this 4 ounces of fiber is going to take quite some time to spin. I fully intend to enjoy the experience to the fullest of my ability!
I promise this really is about 2 hours of spinning. There is some corkscrewing, but from my experience these things tend to work themselves out in the plying.
I received my June Box from Paradise Fibers just in time for Tour De Fleece! Their Suggestion was to spin this Bloom Roving in a manner different from how it would normally be spun by me. One of the suggestions was to spin it in the Monet style. Well I had no idea what that meant, so I had to investigate. From what I can find out, without paying for the book or article which I might do in the near future, this is a method of spinning where a top is divided in half then half is spun straight from the top and the second half is spun from a carded preparation. (rolags seemed to be what I saw). Given these parameters I finished off my bobbin from the first day, split my top down the middle and started looking at it. Half I wound onto my wrist distaff, the picture on the right, and the other half I decided I would take into work to card up. (My drum carder and hand carders are living at work until my workshop series is over).
I’ve been watching the Craftsy Video Spinning From Woolen to Worsted by Jacey Boggs Faulkner. She has some great suggestions on getting a more even yarn and how to spin more thoughtfully. Given that advice I am attempting to spin this yarn more thoughtfully and at a smaller, more consistent, diameter. My progress from Day 2 is on the bobbin. I am enjoying this spinning experience and hope that I am becoming a better spinner.