Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Beginner's Luck???

In the last post I showed you my first singles spun on a wheel. Of course, the next logical step was plying. Since I only had one bobbin of yarn, I used my ball winder and wound it into a cake. I then plied by pulling a strand from the inside and a strand from the outside. That was a bit fussy, and may have not been the best way for me to ply for the first time!

After letting the plied yarn rest on the bobbin for a few days I wound it up on a niddy noddy, and LOOK!

Do you see what I see? The yarn is balanced! It is not twisting and curling all over itself as I expected. I confess to being a TOTAL novice and pretty ignorant about spinning, but I THINK that is a good thing! Experienced spinners, please let me know!

Here's a close up. You can see the inconsistencies. I am thinking that some of that would be due to the fact that my very first spinning (beginning of the spun singles) is plied with the my very last spinning (end of the strand). I'll just think of it as adding "character" and "charm" to the yarn. As a commenter said in the previous post: "...if you want smooth perfect yarn--buy commercial!"


Anonymous said...

Wow!!! That is an amazing beginners yarn! Super thin and balanced too, I am totally impressed.
Gotta love the LadyBug, Schacht makes a great wheel.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous spun! Have you give it a bath and whack? If not, it will improve/polish it a bit. Great job. Now, you just need to knit it into something beautiful :D

MicheleStitches said...

Thanks for the encouragement, ya'll. I haven't given it a bath yet. Can't wait to see what happens when I do!


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