Spinning, Weaving and Felting
So everywhere you see a curly tip, that was the end of a lock. The next pictures show how to start the next lock. First you have to separate the ends. Spread them out as fine as you can. You will find a lot more vegetable matter in this step. It's amazing how much dirt and hay fall out of the locks here even though you've already washed them.
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Then you lay the new lock at a right angle to the lock on your wheel. As you turn the wheel it twists the string on the bobbin which "grabs" the individual pieces and strings of wool in your hand and begins to twist them with it. This is where practice, practice, practice comes in. The first skein I did, I wanted it to go fast. I was feeding new locks too fast and it was way chunkier and looser than it should be and you could pull on it and separate it when I was finished. Now I go a lot slower so that I'm learning to feel the tension on the string and I can tell when it is tight enough to let it wind onto the bobbin. Everytime you turn your wheel, you twist the yarn, so the more times you turn it without letting it wind on the bobbin, the tighter it is getting. If you turn too many times, you twist too much and it kinks and is kind of stretchy. Nobody wants to knit or crotchet with stretchy yarn.
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