Spinning “S”, Plying “Z”

I know I still have some catching up do with documenting my OHS spinning journey. I will get there and probably back date it. Anyway, I figured I should take a bit of a breather and do something a little different with my hands to help avoid injury from repetitive motion. It is that time of year between the spinning and the crocheting orders. So I figured now was a great time to update my progress.

Today I decided to give some “s” spinning a shot. It’s part of the next series of assignments. I must confess that I don’t spin “s” very often. I don’t think many people do. I am interested in exploring this method more though because I have heard a theory that yarn spun “s” (plied “z”) works better for crocheting .

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Spun “s”, plied “z”

I’d better take a step back here because if you’re not a spinner, you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m talking about! “S” and “z” are in reference to the direction the wool is spun.

Spinning yarn counterclockwise is adding twist in the “s” direction
Spinning yarn clockwise is adding twist in the “z” direction

How I remember is z=clockwiZe

While I was spinning “s”, I discovered that I needed to treadle faster and put more twist in. It was breaking on me, even when I was just spinning the single. And then when I went to ply, it broke on me again. This is the part where I would LOVE to bust out ye olde fast flyer, but I won’t. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to in this course at this point. Even if I was, I still want to get a feel for the effort I need to exert to achieve the desired results with my regular flyer.

So obviously I have some more practice to do. And that’s okay. A friend and sister student had used a term in her post that has described my experience to a “t”… Perfection paralysis. I think it’s so important that we remember that really, in the grand scheme of things, we’re still newbies. We ARE going to make mistakes. Our spinning is NOT going to be perfect. It if was, then what the heck are we doing taking this program? I just got to the point where my attitude is “I’m giving everything I have and if it’s not good enough, I still know I did my BEST.” I know I have a lot to learn, so if it’s not perfect, I don’t give a damn. It just means that I need practice. Marks, schmarks. This is the part where I just need to focus on becoming a better spinner. I’m not spinning to get high marks. I’m spinning to learn as much as I can so that I can pass it on. I think the very humbling experience I had in the Fibre Arts course has helped me stay level. I know I keep saying this, but it is my mantra… Mom always said “All you can do is do your best.” I’m on it Mom!


2 thoughts on “Spinning “S”, Plying “Z”

    • Thank you Patsye! ❤ I did take 10 yesterday. Then I went to my place and knocked it out of the park! I now have all the fleece washed that I need AND I managed to do a load of laundry and some house organizing. It's funny how taking a bit of time out fires one up to be even more productive!

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