The alpaca roving I am using is very wide/thick and I am just learning to spin on a drop spindle (used wheel before). Am I suppose to peel it downward into thinner strips first?
Me , DH married 24 yrs.,DD #1 (89), DD #2 (91), DD #3 (05), and DD #4 (6/11/11)
I am not accomplished on a drop spindle (used it several times), but anytime I feel less than competent I prepare the roving--breaking it into lengths, the "peeling" it, and finally flick-carding it. Makes a world of difference, even for my spinning on a wheel.
I still consider myself a beginner, and I still find working with roving a bit tricky, especially the packed-together stuff straight from the store (the twist keeps getting behind my working fiber--especially with slippery fiber that is not easy to draw out into long lengths before allowing the twist into it). I much prefer working with Romney wool carded into bats. I feel like a pro when I do that!
I'm assuming you've spun alpaca on the wheel before.
Hopefully someone who has mastered the drop spindle can help more.
Give me a few minutes while I caffeinate.
Yeah, peeling it into skinnier strips makes it easier. I have spun straight from the full roving braid before, but that was because I wanted to make self striping yarn. It was definitely trickier to do, but possible.
Mommy to DS1 July '09 and DS2 Oct '12