I spun this 2-ply Dragon Fly pinks and blues roving on my Cherry Matchless spinning wheel. I have more of this 65% superwash merino wool/35% silk roving in two other colorways and thought I would experiment with this 4 oz batch of roving.
I used the high speed whorl at the 17.5:1 ratio for the singles. I guess I was treadling a little faster than I realized and I ended up with some overspun sections of the singles. I plied with the super high speed whorl at the 22:1 ratio as I like to ply fine yarns as fast as possible. I found some underplied sections of yarn and went back and put it through on my wheel again with the 9:1 ratio, paying special attention to the underplied sections. As a result, the plying twist is very tight but not overly so and I do not plan on going back and taking out any twist.
For my larger Dragonfly silk/wool projects (I have 8 oz of roving in a blue & red colorway and 8 oz in a pink & green colorway), I will spin the singles on a slower whorl, starting with the 15.5:1 ratio. I will likely ply again on the 22:1 super high speed whorl.
This is lovely roving to spin. It turns out that I have about 400 yards at 14 to 18 wpi, which is not enough to make the Orchid Thief shawl I was planning. At the very least, it will make a nice silky scarf.