OK, I’ve kept you waiting long enough. The secret to setting the twist is to wash the spun yarn. It’s as simple as that. I just place each hank in a pan of warm water with a little fiber rinse solution and make sure it is thoroughly wet.
Once I wash all the hanks, then I lay them on a towel and squeeze out the excess water. They are still pretty wet so I need to hang them up to drip dry. I’ve put the shower in my guest bath in service as a drying room. I don’t have to worry about where the water goes.
It takes about two to three days for the yarn to dry completely.
My final step in processing the yarn involves placing it back on the swift and winding it onto the spinning wheel bobbin before I wind it into a finished hank. I do this because the strands like to grab hold of each other in the bath (maybe for security?) and the overall hank shrinks a little.
Then I set the pegs on the swift at the maximum length and wind the yarn from the bobbin back on the swift. This time I count the number of revolutions, multiply by the maximum length, and divide by 36 to determine the yardage.