With a staple length between three and four inches, a fine fiber
diameter and surface that allows the fibers to slide past each other, drafting
this material to the thickness you want is easy.
Split the roving to a pencil thickness and spin from this. Keep your hands at
least four inches apart due to the fiber length. Draft the fibers to the thickness
you want before allowing any twist into the fibers which will lock them together.
Ply to produce a balanced yarn.
Skein up your finished yarn. To set the twist, soak in warm water, gently squeeze
out the water by hand or by rolling in a towel, snap the skein between your
hands to realign the strands and hang to dry.
Do not be alarmed if at this point your skein looks a little bedraggled. Just
wait until it is completely dry and snap the skein between your hands. If it
still seems a little stiff, wad the skein into a ball and restraighten.
I have spun a low twist, 2-ply sportweight and two fine, high twist, 2-ply yarns.
The sportweight (14wpi, 4 tpi in ply) has a fuzzy halo and will knit a cuddly
sweater with the feel of a well aged t-shirt. The fine yarns were equivalent
to a 10/2 (36 wpi, 12 tpi in ply) and a 3/2 (24 wpi, 11 tpi in ply) cotton and
had no halo.
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