Saturday, August 25, 2007

Adventures in plying

A few weeks ago, I bought a giant ball of corriedale roving. It weighed about 1lb (they didn't have a scale, so the storeowner guesstimated).

So last week I decided to spin this corriedale. Or at least a small portion of it. 2 bobbins later it was still a giant ball of roving.

Then I decided to ply the roving.

I have a lazy kate, which is a thingy that holds bobbins. You put the bobbins on it, take the 2 strands of yarn, and you have the wheel going in the opposite direction from what you spun the yarn in. Animal fibers are supposed to be spun clockwise, so thus I plied counter-clockwise.

And behold! It worked!

Isn't it pretty?

I ended up giving it to the friend who I stayed with last Shabbat, since she is a knitter. She said that if it weren't for the fact that I had brought it and she knew I was making her something, she would have never guessed that I had spun it myself!

Now I'm excited to do more spinning, but unfortunately I have a lot of other projects I need to finish first.

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