In between I have been flick carding piles of washed locks and either spinning them directly or putting them through the drum carder to make batts. I tried making a batt without flick carding, but it wasn't as nice as running the opened locks through the carder. The flick carded locks, only take 2 passes through the drum carder to make really nice, fluffy batts.
|3 ply woollen spun using roving pulled from batts|
This yarn would make really nice mittens and hats. It is a 3 ply woollen spun and is soft, light and lofty. I don't really like spinning 3 ply yarns, simply because that 3rd ply seems to be to be when I should be plying, but it is worth the effort as it does make a nice yarn.
|4 ply chained yarn|
A 4 ply chained yarn has an interesting texture and is nice and round. It knits up nicely. For some reason, despite being a 4 ply, it doesn't seem to be quite as daunting as a 3 ply to me. Perhaps that is because I can have a plying break after 2 bobbins of singles.
|Chain plied or Navajo plied yarn|
Chain ply or Navajo plied yarn. This has to be my least favourite yarn. It is a single, plied into a 3 ply, using a finger crochet type looping technique. There is a tiny bump where each loop ends and the next begins. I find it irksome. I spun it first, to get it out of the way. I didn't want to keep sampling and knowing it would be last on my list. I thought it might spoil my enjoyment of spinning this lovely fleece.
Off to flick card more locks -