We had a few more inches of snow fall, just enough to freshen the dirty snow look, and just enough to shovel. It was heavy and wet, like spring snow. When walking on it, one is aware of the crunching noise, and the lumps it makes from sticking to the bottom of the boots.
Now that the order has been filled for the production spinning, I can do some for myself, and set to work on the black Finnsheep. I am starting to feel more confident about the consistency of the singles that I can spin on the Great Wheel. I scoured and carded the Finn myself, so I would have more control over the roving. Once I fill the spindle, I am sliding the yarn package off and onto a double pointed needle.
From there I will begin plying it with the Angora/Finn blend. Usually I ply on the Ashford, so I decided to try and ply on the Great Wheel. My biggest problem stemmed from the fact that I don't have a suitable lazy kate to hold the yarn packages.
I tried using the Ashford Lazy Kate. That worked for just a little while, until the packages started to snarl. It was time consuming to stop and unsnarl every so often. The cops are to long and don't fit into the kate without being squeezed together at both ends. I think what I need is a different lazy kate for the yarn packages produced on the Great wheel.
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