I was learning how much twist each treadle gave the yarn. How many times the flyer spun per push and how the yarn pulled against the tension I held in my back drafting hand.
About half way through the skeins, I think I got the rhythm of the process. Pull 8-10 inches, hold, treadle 3 times, let spin go up the yarn, start again. Over and over again, very soothing and methodical. I did have a small problem when I had to get up in the middle of this and get my daughter something, but a bit more tension and a little untwist and the yarn was back plying quickly.
The finished bobbin of wool looks good to me
As promised yesterday here is a finished picture of Ms. Purplepants and she fits well. I am thinking of adding another button hole though. The way the blocking came out, I had to dampen it and throw it in the dryer to shrink it back a little. I guess I got too zealous. The buttonhole actually lands a bit low to be comfortable, and I think a second one about 1 3/4 inches up from that one will hold the sweater like I want. I have been happily wearing her today around the house. It is cold here in Michigan!
I do love how the Outback wool feels now that it is washed and has bloomed. If I can find more of this yarn, I will purchase it to make another sweater.