I’ve been playing with this Turkish spindle since last October, when I picked it up at the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF). A friend turned me on to it, and I purchased one right after she did – I loved the feel of it, and the light weight, plus the magic of disassembly that leaves me with a center-pull ball at the end.
I was happily spinning away when I realized I had never learned to chain-ply properly. In the midst of my research, I discovered a video explaining how to spin and chain-ply at the same time (well, almost – spin a segment, chain-ply, then wind your yarn on, then spin again …), but this is a next step, as I had already developed a medium-sized cop. (I also consulted this Abby Franquemont / Interweave video on Turkish spindle spinning in general.)
The fiber origin is a bit of a mystery, but feels like a not-too-crimpy plain old wool: no merino, silk, or other additives. I acquired it at a fiber guild auction at which some of the members were working to re-home and divest a large fiber supply of a woman that had passed away. The only note was the total weight of the fiber.
The single is S-spun and (therefore!) the 3-ply is Z-spun.
Final result (so far – I have 7.5oz of the stuff) is 49g of worsted-weight three-ply yarn that looks good enough to me!
This morning, I started another batch, and it took me around an hour to spin 7g. Over the weekend I spent 1+ hours plying. So an almost-50g ball requires around 8 hours of work to complete.