I fluffed them out with the slicker brushes, actually I tried to card them, but obviously I hadn’t read anything about it because I did it differently. I was entertained to watch the color wash out as the fibers fluffed.
Started with one slicker brush, then got another when my hand started to hurt. Tried to fluff out all of the fiber, tossing only the worst small bits, but after a while (I spun up that first fluff) I realized it was good to not try to capture the shorter fibers. I ended up with the big pile of fiber on my lap, spinning off it. This did not make for easy or even spinning, and even though I am a beginner, I think all those different bits from all those locks contributed to some uneveness in the yarn.
Single ply in the scilla, about 180 yards.
You can see places where it is overspun. I had figured this might happen, so I plied it. Pogo said you can ply off of a center pull skein. I made one, but not having a swift or a ball winder, it looked like this,
I think it has about 88 yards and is chunky-ish. It’ll do.
The wheel goes back next week
I’m about 1/4 through the brown wool, which is spinning much more easily than the locks! I hope to spin up the merino top over the weekend. Without a wheel, I’ll be back to knitting more, and maybe even will finish dh’s january birthday sweater!
PS, spinning off of the ball? Pain in the butt!!!!!!!!!