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Wool Transformation from Fleece to Final Article

Fleece rovings are selected.

Fleece

Fleece is spun into single yarn.

Spun yarn on the bobin

The yarn rests on the bobbin for 24 hours to set the spinning tension.

After the period of waiting, the simple yarn is plied into a double yarn.

Plied wool on a bobbin.

The next step is to remove the yarn and wind it into a skein. A wool tool called niddy-noddy is used for that purpose.

Skein of yarn on a niddy-noddy

The skeins are removed from the niddy-noddy, washed and rinsed in hot water. A small amount of vinegar is used in the last rinse to remove any residual soap and condition the wool. The washed skeins are placed on the drying rack to air dry. Weights are not used for the drying process. The wool is allowed to dry and shrink naturally.

Air drying skeins of wool.

Next, the wool is wound into balls. A couple of wool contraptions are used for this. The swift stretches out like an umbrella to hold the skein around its "waste." And the yarn ball winder creates nicely wound balls of wool.

Winding wool

The yarn is finally ready for knitting.

Balls of plied wool.

Being my first spinning project, this yarn is made of a long and slightly coarse type of wool. It is spun using a worsted technique making the yarn very strong and durable. I decided to knit a pair of mittens since durability may be important here.

Handspun handmade wool mittens.

Handspun handmade wool mittens.