Posts tagged navajo ply
Tour de Fleece 2015

21 days in July and 5489 yds (spinzilla standards) and it is finished.  I had a really great time, the teams I was on (PLY & Kromski Owners) were great. I loved seeing what everyone was working on, they were all so supportive and encouraging and I learned a few new things. For me the take away will be to spend some time spinning everyday even if it is 20 min. and to post on my blog more often.

So what next? Spinzilla? At 5489 yds in 3 weeks, I think not!

Right now my goal will be getting things ready for my store to open:) What are your working on?

BFL Chain Plied - 30th Anniversary Fiber-

BFL Chain Plied - 30th Anniversary Fiber-

This skein was spun during TDF but didn't make it in the group picture because I sent it on to the Finger Lakes Fiber Fest for our Guild display.

A New Adventure part 2

So back to the story...
I started to get busy making dolls and I didn't pick up my spindle for months.  Then in January I decieded to make a doll sweater for my daughter and I thought it would be fun to spin the yarn before I knit it.

I had her pick out the fiber. It was a lovely merino, alpaca, silk blend that was handpainted in a yellow/green/blue colourway.

I was so excited when it came I started spinning it right away. It spun so smoothly I was finely able to move away from the "park and draft" and have a nice fluid movement.  And that was the point I fell in love with spinning. It was just so clam and peaceful, it was like meditation but I was producing something at the same time. A definite win, win situation in my book!

I really loved the colour of the singles and I didn't want to mix them up so I decided to try theNavajo/ Chain Ply method.  It was easier than I thought it would be. The nice thing about plying on a drop spindle is between gravity and the built up twist(energy) in the yarn it basically plies itself.

Here it is after I plied it but before it was washed. You can see it has a little bit of that energy and I was afraid it would be unbalanced.

But after I washed it and hung it to dry it balanced nicely, yea! 

So it took me 2 months to spin, ply, wash and dry the yarn.  I had designed the pattern, and now I was finally ready to knit the doll sweater.
That's when my daughter told me she didn't really think she wanted a doll sweater, she wanted fingerless gloves.
Yes, 2 months in the life of a 12 year old is just too long to stay committed to an idea. At least the yarn was ready and I thought I remembered seeing a fingerless glove pattern somewhere...
Time to pull out the magazines and search Ravelry!