I have finished Module Five yarn, set the twist, photographed it and wove a circle weaving with it. This module was supposed to focus on mastery. Specifically mastering a spinning technique spun previously, showing several variations in small yardage skeins. I did not find the module enjoyable because I personally hate doing small yardages, samples and other assorted test your technique stuff that many people do. I personally find it annoying and a waste of time as I tend to want to just get on with a project and spin or weave.
Since I have been focusing a lot on Spiral techniques in this course, I decided to spin 4 variations of a spiral yarn. In order to really show off the technique, I still followed my previous outline which was using the same commercial prepared combed top preparation of 15.5 Micron Merino wool in white.
All the photos have the basic spiral, extreme spiral, beaded spiral and super coil core spun style spiral in that order from left to right.
I spun a basic spiral, a extreme spiral holding one ply with tighter tension to create more spiraling, a beaded spiral with a silk thread and freshwater pearls, and a super coil almost core spun version of a spiral.
I accidentally did the super coil core spun sort in a different module but this time wanted to do it on purpose and see if I could over come the original design problem of so much twist that the yarn was coarse feeling and darker in color. When I spun this super coil core spun sort of version this time, I did keep the softness and loftiness of the merino fiber as well as the white color and I just loved it.
I am finding that with each module I have a large amount of yarn spun up that I don’t use in the final project weaving. I think that I will be weaving some circular and square wall hangings as I have had requests for more baby room wall art, as well as some scarves and maybe shawls. You will find those on my shop on Etsy.com so keep an eye out for Alba Ranch’s shop and some new projects.