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I thought about posting photos of this in the Spin-a-Long, then decided I better just add a blog about it since I have almost the whole process in photo form here. :) I'm really enjoying spinning on my spindles. Nutty4Knitting said it takes 10 minutes to learn, but takes a lifetime of practice. Well, I'm going to share with you why I need to keep practicing. You might remember the fiber I dyed with koolaid? I dyed one sleeve of Knit Picks Bare Wool of the Andes, let it dry and then started spinning. :) I was going for a lace-weight and it ended up pretty fine, but have a gander and I'll tell you the rest of the story.

Newly dyed and braided roving. (Kermit yarn used elsewhere. 8P)

In spinning process.

All 100 g spun up! Don't know why I kept grabbing an empty spindle to use instead of making one do all the work, but the singles are all pretty much the same size. Don't know why- they really shouldn't be. :)

This spindle is now named Chub Chub!! Lovingly named because he plied all 100g of that all by himself in one sitting! My! What a horse! Lol. (Well, one day, anyway- not one sitting. My hands are tired today from all of that yesterday!)

Singles don't look too bad in this shot. Get ready- we're getting to the 'learning' part.

Still doesn't look too horrible?

Look at that going over the penny- is there ONE twist in that!! My singles were soooo overspun that they didn't want to ply AT ALL!! It was like one ply was oil and one was water. No cohesion whatsoever!! I worked hard not to over-ply because I knew that would add to the agony, but in agony I am!! I counted as I skeined this on my swift. It's 416 yards (with my swift set at 42" to adjust for shrinkage in the bath) of overspun mess! Lol! So my spinning lesson learned: Yes, I have learned to spin, but I have not yet learned when to QUIT spinning the spindle. :) As you can see in the hot tub shot, the singles are pretty kinky. Looks like I'm trying to drown a pretty funky looking poodle. :) Hopefully it will come out all right! It's not laceweight, but I'm very happy with 416 yards. Actually about twice the weight of Shadow lace yarn since that's 440 yards in 50 g. I could actually make socks with this! Hmm... might have to think some more about that. :)

I'll post pictures of the dry yarn in the comments section at a later date. :) If I don't remember, somebody holler!

So for my next spinning? Finish up the Navajo plied KP Wota on my Jasper spindle. And plan what to do with the KP merino/silk I have en route. ;) Looking forward to it! Hopefully I can make something with it that resembles rope just a little less!

I saw some really fantastic pictures online just in the last few days about how to check your spinning as you're going- to know if you have enough or not enough twist in it. Can't locate them now, of course. I'll search and link to them later if I can find them.

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Comment by Nutty4Knitting on November 5, 2010 at 6:55pm
Sounds like you will come out okay, Wendy!! You could just hold the two yarns together while knitting which would have a similar effect in the final product.
Comment by PickleSue on November 5, 2010 at 6:48pm
I don't hate those colors! I mean for a bag. :)
Comment by wendy on November 5, 2010 at 6:40pm
Nonsense, that was after felting, this is before felting. Sorry.

Comment by wendy on November 5, 2010 at 6:37pm
It's funny, last weekend when I went out to 'play' with the knitter/spinner/weaver/dyer, I told her what my plans were and she didn't seem to think this would be a problem. And she's been doing this for 25+ years. Time will tell :o) I am planning on felting this once it is all knitted. The other day I plied, knitted and then felted some commercial yarns together just to see what the effect would be. Before felting it had quite a bias to it, but during felting I was able to straighten it out for the most part. So glad I did this too, because although I like these colors together, I didn't like them plied together, and liked them felted together even less. This is what it looked like before felting.

Comment by PickleSue on November 5, 2010 at 6:22pm
I thought you could dye individual singles and still ply them together, so don't feel bad, Wendy!
Comment by wendy on November 5, 2010 at 6:16pm
Well I dyed them today, so yes I got them wet. I wanted two different colors plied together, but didn't come up with this brainstorm until after everything was already spun. I guess my DD's gift will be just a little 'biased' - lol.
Comment by Nutty4Knitting on November 5, 2010 at 6:01pm
Are you saying you wet it before plying it? Because that is something you don't do!! Wetting it sets the twist. You don't want to do that before you ply. You need the energy of the twist in the singles to work 'backwards' to form the plied yarn. Which means, if you did wet it already, you may just have yourself a skein of singles, with a little extra twist, and need some creative ways to use it.
Comment by wendy on November 5, 2010 at 5:27pm
Ok, I will go weight it now. I wasn't sure if it would hurt doing this before plying it.
Comment by Nutty4Knitting on November 5, 2010 at 5:24pm
Weighting will help straighten it. Some people recommend not weighting a yarn that will be used for knitting, I'm not sure, but wonder if that is because it may also keep it from being as elastic as it could be in the knitted item. Also, any yarn that is not balanced in the twist, singles or plied, will give a bias direction to the fabric when knit in stockinette or a pattern based on that. Garter, or patterns based on that are not affected.
Comment by wendy on November 5, 2010 at 5:13pm
Yes it does. So another question that I actually posted over in the question discussion. If I have these same curl-y-ques, which I do, should I apply some weight to my singles while it is drying? Right now I just have it hanging but nothing to weight it down. I wasn't sure what to do here.

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