Thursday, May 01, 2008

By George, I Think She's Got It!


Blue-face Leicester from Sandy's Palette

I spun it fine and Navajo-plied.




I'm excited because this is my first real effort at Navajo-plying. While spinning the singles for this, I knew I wanted to keep the color areas separate for long runs, rather than barber pole them in a two- or three-ply. One previous attempt at Navajo plying resulted in a tangled mess. Then I did a small test run a few months back with some fiber I didn't really care if I messed up, just to get the hang of it.

And now, I've managed to make the yarn I want from the fiber, actually planning how I would get what I want.

I think I'm a spinner now.

So, for Molly Bee's benefit, I'll offer up what I learned.
1. It helps to grow an extra hand or two.
2. Try to keep everything under a bit of tension. I did get a few little blips when I relaxed my tension on the singles coming off the bobbin. I call them dingleberries, which I know is something really yucky, but whatever. (Those ugly little tags where the singles want to take a detour and ply with themselves, instead of merging with their intended mate(s).)
3. Don't try to take the biggest loop you can at first.
4. Use a nice slow ratio and treadle slowly, to give yourself a lot of time before it gets too much twist.

I'm very pleased with how this is looking. This is about a third of the fiber I bought in this batch. I'll get more specifics when I've washed, hung dry, etc. Oh, and spun the rest of the batch.

11 comments:

Kitty Mommy said...

Wowza...that is just gorgeous!!!

MollyBeees said...

Absolutely stunning! It looks as even as commercially spun! You are officially my hero! I almost decapitated myself trying Navajo. I'll have to talk to you more about it next time I see you!

Baashie said...

Beautiful! I haven't tried navajo plying yet but I hope when I do I'll do half as great a job as you did. Gorgeous!

YarnThrower said...

I love hearing about different spinning techniques, even though I won't be a spinner until 2020... Your yarn looks really nice. Am I understanding correctly that the goal is go ply like areas of color together so the yarn appears to be spatially dyed?

turtlegirl76 said...

WOW! You spun that? It looks like real yarn!

I just sounded like a complete idiot. Really, I mean that as a compliment.

Bezzie said...

Nice!!!! Good tips. I'll file them away for later ;0)

String Bean said...

It loks great! Isn't navajo plying fun? I think it's just about the only way I ply anymore...

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

what will it be?

Knitaly said...

Adoro quest'oro! (I love this gold!)
Bravissima!

Ruinwen said...

I am in awe of your skill and the of the beautiful yarn you are creating. :)

Batty said...

Yup, I'd call that an unqualified success. It's beautiful!