I chose to start my Tour de Fleece spinning with the SW Corriedale in David’s Gift. I’ve gotten the bobbin about half full, and it’s all orange. When I stopped spinning this afternoon, I had just begun to see a little of the brown creeping in. I’m a little worried about how I’m spinning it – sometimes I think I’m going too thick and other times, too thin. I have a Spinner’s Control Card somewhere, but I haven’t been able to find it. Normally, I wouldn’t worry too much about the thickness variation because I’d be plying it, and most of the time it all blends together. Since this is destined to be singles, I won’t have a second ply to balance it out. I think I’m just psyching myself out a little cause I keep thinking it’s a good weight if I were to ply it as a laceweight, but I want this to be a laceweight without plying.
Part of the problem is I don’t usually spin singles yarn. I jumped in without thinking about the thickness much at all other than knowing I want laceweight. For this single to be laceweight all on it’s own, it needs to be a bit thicker that I normally spin the singles for a plied laceweight. But when I spin that way, some part of my brain tells me I’m spinning too thick and I back off.
I guess I’ll just need to trust my fingers and understand that I can work with whatever the end result is. I am spinning this for a shawl after all and that means that a little thicker will simply give me a slightly larger shawl, which can be nice.