The next step for me in spinning for sock yarn is to find a comfy spot to do my sample spin. If you're lucky enough to have a back porch that looks out across the garden, farm and sheep pasture for inspiration that's truly a joy! A helpful farm cat companion is another plus. So I finish the supper dishes, pour a cup of coffee and settle down on the porch.
I have three spinning wheels, but I still go back so often to my old standby Louet S17. My Mom, who is gone now, painted the sheep on it for me and I love it. I can spin from lace to bulky with little effort. In this case, you might notice the grey wool already on the bobbin. That's because I find it helpful for spinning a finer single on the Louet if the bobbin is partially full. I'm only going to be spinning a one ounce sample so have plenty of room here. Remember the pictures of the two samples from the last post, one ounce each? I'll spin one to make a 2-ply sample and one to do a 3-ply. My default spin seems to be a light sportweight.
In this photo, I've pulled a little of the single back from the bobbin and let it twist back on itself to give me an idea of how my 2-ply will look. Notice the helpful companion cat is not impressed, nor has she moved much from the last shot! I might mention here that for this small amount, I'll spin the full ounce onto the bobbin, let it sit at least overnight then I'll wind it off into a center pull ball and ply it from that. I like the results I get from plying from a center pull ball. I'm not sure if its mechanically correct or not, but that works for me (in small amounts) Larger amounts tangle to much, so I would use two bobbins and ply together onto a third.
Tomorrow I'll show you pictures of the finished 2-ply yarn and the sample swatch I knit. And if I can find the notes I was so careful to make I'll be able to tell you how many yards I got from each sample - ugh - where did those notes go?!?