Why rewind your singles before plying?
For years I would have said you were crazy to even think about doing anything except plying straight away. Why would you forgo the pleasure of a having a beautiful finished skein. It couldn’t make that much difference, could it ?
As I learnt more I realised that there were many ways to spin and some tricks for creating even more beautiful, even more even yarn.
Aldon Amos suggests you should rewind all your yarn because:-
- It evens out the wrap round the bobbin so makes for a more even ply
- It evens out the twist esp if you rewind with the bobbin a long way from the rewind.
- You can adjust your spinning as you rewind – removing neps and sections where the spinning is uneven
I have to admit to being sceptical. I often still ply as soon as I have finished the singles but he is right. If you want a more even yarn that is easier to ply, rewinding your bobbins helps.
Above my initial bobbins and the ones rewound on my Louet S10. One of the advantages of a bobbin driven wheel is that it is easy to wind onto the bobbin without adding more twist.
I found I had a couple of sections that were a little over-twisted, I could break allow some twist out and re-join using a spit splice (more about that another day)
There were also a few neps I missed in the spinning so I removed these.
Hopefully now its evenly wound, no pigtails, no thick and thin.
I am looking forward to plying this tomorrow. see resting singles before plying