New niddy-noddy was obtained on Friday, and there was much rejoicing. I decided to go with the fancier, albeit more expensive, Schacht niddy-noddy because I loved the idea of being able to create either a 1.5 yard skein or a 2 yard skein with the same tool. I was also a bit put off of the Ashford niddy-noddy because my old one (the one that was eaten by the pup) was an odd length — 1.66 yards (otherwise known as 5 feet, don’t know who thought that was a good idea). It was a bit of a pain to remember that when figuring out yardage.
I actually managed to begin spinning the Selfish Shetland over the week, but only just got half a layer on the bobbin before things like errands, laundry, and cleaning crab (tasty, tasty crab) got my attention. This is my first time spinning Shetland, so it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.
One of the things I’m going to focus on while spinning this 2-ply laceweight will be the plying. I think I’m doing okay with the amount of twist I get into my laceweight singles, but the finished yarn still comes out a bit… um, what’s the word… not fluffy at all, sort of rope-like. The singles when I test them with ply-back are as I want them. So, it must be that I’m over-plying; I tend to add plying twist to my singles so that they look they way I want them as I feed them onto the bobbin. But, I think I read somewhere that twist continues to be added until the yarn actually winds around the bobbin shaft. Several of my early yarns are nicely balanced and fluffy, and they are from the time period when I just let the wheel pull the plied yarn in as it went. I wasn’t overthinking things or trying to control how the plying twist entered the yarn and put the singles together. I may need to try that again.