You may have noticed that I haven’t been spinning for a few months now. That was partly because I had spun some fine singles that I couldn’t ply. They wouldn’t balance in a 2-ply, they’d break when I tried to ply. I couldn’t figure it out. So I set them aside for a week. Then I tried again and still couldn’t figure it out.
A couple months went by. I wanted to spin, but didn’t find time. Finally this weekend (starting Friday night) I picked up my spindles with determination.
First up was this bit of green/teal/blue blend that was on my Bossie Featherweight. I hadn’t divided the fiber when I started so I had the one single. Last time I attempted a plying bracelet it was a disaster so I quickly decided I’d Navajo ply this. Quick, easy, painless.
Next up, the dark green single (shown in the top of the above photo) that was so uncooperative as a 2-ply. Since 2-ply didn’t work, why not Navajo ply this too? It worked and I think I only had a ply break on me one time. Will the yarn be balanced? I doubt it, but if nothing else it’s a learning experience.
These next two photos below are of the same single, just wildly colored.
Can you guess? Yep, I Navajo plied this one too. I don’t entirely know what went wrong with my fine singles that wouldn’t ply. I’m guessing they were under-twisted. The good thing is, all of the fibers you see here are from my batch of Wooly Cupcakes from the Wool Peddler. The sole purpose of these cupcakes is for me to practice and experiment.
With the three little samples of yarn above, I freed up two TP holders of singles and one of my spindles. Continuing with this thread I jumped right onto a mix of red fibers that I pulled from my pound of Wooly Cupcakes and started spinning some new singles! This time I did divide the fiber into 2 batches because I want to attempt 2-ply again.