I’m a new spinner and I am getting extremely frustrated when I sit down to spin!! My yarn is all squiggly and is getting kinked up. What is happening?!?
– Wound-up Wanda
This a common problem for new and experienced spinners alike! The cause of this problem is that your yarn is over-twisted. This means that there is more twist in the fiber than is necessary to create a balanced yarn. Here are a few ways to mitigate over-twisting.
- Check to see if your yarn is caught anywhere on your flyer – this may reduce or prevent yarn from taking up onto the bobbin and result in over twisting.
- Use a larger whorl – this will help slow down your flyer, so less twist enters your yarn.
- Slow down your treadling speed – If you feel like you’re treadling at a quick clip, take a few deep breaths, put on some relaxing music and treadle slower.
- Increase your tension – It may be that your yarn isn’t feeding onto the bobbin quickly enough, so an increase in tension will solve that.
I hope these tips help!