This weekend I dyed a batch of Leicester Longwool that I'd had a while... the fiber looks marvelous!
This afternoon I tried spinning this long stuff! And I mean it is long... the shortest lengths are at least 6" long... and some are evenlonger. It wants to be spun finely... it will not go thick at all. It was so hard to spin that I tried making a rolag and that was a little bit better, but still difficult... So I just finished carding the whole pile... well it's only 10 oz. and fits into a gallon zip lock baggie...Here is the first part of the spinning I did today... this will be a very slow process.
There weren't any pictures or anything, Wendy. I think it was in this month's Palavar discussion in the Support Spindlers group. One of the spinners was complaining about how her n-plying turned out and how she had problems chaining while plying. Then a couple of others suggested that she try doing a plying ball and doing the chain while winding the plying ball. And then ply. The single is already chained, so all you have to do is ply. Does that make it clear?
Not at all - lol. My brain must not be working properly at all. I guess I'll need to research a plying ball first.
Wow - Dawn, that's truly spectacular. The spinning and dyeing is just fantastic - and N-plied on a spindle no less! How long did you put the yarn in the oven for? did you have small pans with different colors? wonderful wonderful wonderful! nicely done :)
Beautiful! I am so impressed with this skein, and all the work you did. Great Job!! :o)
Dawn, That is definitely a WOW! Great color! My grand daughter wants a rainbow yarn, this gives me an idea.
What colors of Koolaid did you use? They sure look bright and springy and your spinning looks wonderful! I didn't get the whole thing on the navajo plying but yours look nice and tightly plied. Great job!
Thanks everybody! It was a labor of love.
Christina - I used large roasting pans and cooked them for an hour at 300 degrees per this blog.
Robin - I used Mixed Berry, Grape, Strawberry Kiwi and Lime. I found this article that helped with choosing the colors I wanted.
Wendy and Susan - I saw this video on making a chain ball, but didn't try doing this. I fed my yarn off of my homemade lazy kate so I could get some tension on it. Next time I do it I'll see if my DH or son can record me. I'm sure it was pretty funny to watch. Lots of stretching and contortion. Who needs yoga when you can drop spindle!
Thanks, Dawn, for the video. I only wish she had shown how she started her plying ball.
Yeah, I think that would have been useful. I watched a ton of videos before I started and this was the only one I saw that did the chain ball first. There were many others that were more helpful, even the wheel ones.
So many techniques I want to learn now! Or even better that I had already learned.
Wow! That looks great! The spinning, the colors, all of it! :)