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Can some one direct me to a set of videos that show me how to go from a rolag to yarn?
I have some lovely , fluffy rolags. Some are all wool, some a mix of wool and llams and some all llama.
I am trying to figure which I like best but I seem to be having a problem going from rolag to yarn. I am using a drop spindle.

I have a sample roving from a friend. At first look it seems to be all nice in one direction but at a closer look It seems to just be fibers of 1/2 " long. and mine have fibers going in all directions. I am OK with that if that is how it is.
I do not ever intend to have wonderful yarn, but would like to have yarn suitable for socks or sweaters.

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Sorry i guess I was not clear.
I do not find working with the 1/2 ' fibers easy for me I will stick with my rolags.

Not sure if I have too much twist but as I put the two together it just looks like I put two together.
Do I have to ply ?

Here are some photos
 

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Trying to understand what you are meaning her so stick with me a minute. The yarn you have a picture of is what you have spun? Has it been plied or is that a single? If it is a single it looks good for a first yarn. I notice it is no longer on your spindle, what is your intension? Do you want to ply it or are you wanting to keep it a single? If you want it to be a single, set your twist and start using it. If you want to ply it wind it off the spindle into a ball and begin plying.

Are you spinning from the curled up end of the rolag? That is how they are intended to be spun. You can also predraft you fibers out of the rolag and sort of make your own roving to spin from.

I thing 1/2" is way too short to spin for a first yarn (personally I wouldn't spin it) unless you are spinning cotton.

Did any of that help you?
 

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The yarn was plied. Every thing I found said I needed to do that but It is not working.
Yes I am taking it from the ends and sometimes i am predrafting depending on the fibers.
I went back and spun some more leaving it a single and I like it. Can I simply put less twist in if I want to use it as a single?
Do i still need to set it in hot water?

yes you have been helpful
 

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To be honest, you only need enough twist in your single to hold it all together. So if you have really long fibers, 6+" long you will only need a few twists per in to hold it all together. If you have super short, like your 1/2" long fibers you need a lot of twist to hold it all together. Likewise if if is a slippery fiber, like rabbit or alpaca..... If you have ever knit with any of the Brown Sheep Company yarns then you have knit with a single. If you happen to have any on hand look at that carefully, untwist it and see what you think.

You do not have to wet it to set it, you can just leave it on the spindle or bobbin over night and that will also set the twist. Generally you are better off wetting it. For me, wetting it is washing it. It is amazing how much dirt your hands carry and how much may still be in the fibers.

Keep in mind that if you knit with a single your knitting with have a slight cant to it.

How are you plying your yarns? Usually you have to "over twist" your singles just a bit if you are going to ply them. That is something that sort of becomes second nature as your experience builds.
 
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Thanks again.
I am determined to at the very least turn these sheep and llamas into socks and sweaters.
I asked before but will ask again, will the 100% llama have enough memory for socks? or should I add a touch of wool? I knit a 4x4 square and absolutely love the look and feel. The wool I have is not the softest.
 

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Those look like Shetlands :)
 
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Yay :sing: you're knitting :D. Told you you could do it. Just remember ther are ONLY wo stitches in knitting, knit (K) and purl (P). Everything else is just a manipulation of those two stitches. Well done!!!

Wait, is that your own spun yarn? That looks great!! Sorry for the above babble, I got caught up in the moment.
 
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Your yarn looks good. Are you happy with it?

Yea, like I said I got caught up in the moment :ashamed:
 
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