|The Intentional Spinner by Judith MacKenzie McCuin|
As for spinning instruction, the book gives a quick background on fiber preparation (combing and carding) and while it assumes you know the basics about how loose fiber turns into yarn, it does give a great summary of the differences between worsted and woolen drafting and spinning and how the two styles differ. There's a great chapter on diameter control and a whole bunch of information on plying and how to create different novelty yarns, which I didn't think I'd ever use but now it's got me wanting to try to make a chained yarn and see what happens! The DVD it came with started with plying, which is fine but I could've used more information on drafting in general. However, the DVD did teach me one important thing:
There are definitely some underspun sections in the resulting 2-ply, but I love it all the same. Plus, this yarn went from fiber to finished in exactly 4 days, which is pretty exciting! Does anybody else have tips or good resources about using wheels to produce particular kinds or sizes of yarn? Wheels are every so much more mysterious than spindles and I'm wondering how many more 'duh!' moments I should expect during this learning process...
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