I plied my yarn last night.
I had decided I would try a novelty yarn. In reality I’m a very vanilla spinner so this is a real leap for me. My drafting is very relaxed. I simply enjoy the feeling of the fibres slipping between the fingers of my right hand and using my left only when needed. Colour changes in the roving are soothing.
The challenge of making a novelty yarn.
Spinning thick and thin for this spin-along is a real challenge when you have spent years trying to perfect your technique to make an even spun yarn. I found my left thumb was sore from trying to pull the roving from my right hand to make the thick spots. My hands weren’t relaxed. This is so contrary to my usual drafting technique. Once I had filled the bobbin on my Joy I wasn’t so sure I wanted to do another one. So I decided I would do a slightly overspun single and allow the thick & thin yarn to wrap or coil around the singles and then push it up into a little beehive. Now I had a plan. (Test! Test! Teeeest!) I keep hearing these words in my head, over and over again. Go away! I don’t need to test! Isn’t that what we are always told to do.. …..No! I didn’t test.
Success or Failure?
I managed to complete my spin-along yarn as you can see from the pictures. However, I did have some problem with not having enough twist in my plain single. Looked like I did. Felt like I did. But I didn’t.
Hopefully. I really would have done proper testing if this was for a project instead of a skein for my stash. I would. Really, I would have. Promise.
Thank goodness the purpose of this spin-along study is colour and not my quality of spinning. (I apologize to all my spinning teachers). Now to knit up a swatch and see what it looks like. Grandma, Mom, I apologize right now for my knitting. lol.