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Ball of Yarn

Ply magazine Worsted

Ply magazine Worsted

My big accomplishment here of late is a ball of yarn. So not something big and grandiose to remind myself of later as I read this, but I did try something new and achieved an end result. I had bought some grey Jacob wool and have spun one ball of it. But then I I bought the Ply magazine on worsted spinning. Interesting and one can learn a lot in there, but the article that caught my eye for the moment was one about a plying ball when using a spindle. Hey, that I can use right now. I had done one ball by andian plying, but if there is an easier way that would help plying on the spindle? I am all for it.

So I spun two spindles of wool and read again the article on The Plying Ball and set about to create one with my wool that was desiring a better home than what it had been reduced to. This was accomplished outside. I had taken the Wildlife out to enjoy the sunny day. Yes, we are still in the condo looking for a place and so Mattie doesn’t get to spend all the time laying outside in the sun as she loves to do. So a special treat for her this afternoon.

Winding my ply ball

Winding my ply ball

This took quite a bit of time to get accomplished and Sam, who doesn’t particularly like to lay out in the sun. Quite the inside boy he is. Decided it was time to bug mom to take him inside.

Mom, it is way past time for going back inside!

Mom, it is way past time for going back inside!

Now I know that Amelia is a great spindler, but she never touched on a problem I had as I neared the end of winding. You see my two spindle fulls were not the same length. I checked but no, as far as the article is concerned they come out the same so it was up to me to decide if I was going to just cut the longer one off and let it be or go ahead and try to match them up.

Yikes, why couldn't you have come out perfect?

Yikes, why couldn’t you have come out perfect?

Well I decided to wind the leftover around my hand and then join the two ends and continue and so I drove myself crazy and did it and managed to have one complete plying ball completed.

One finished ply ball

One finished ply ball

Now it was completed, and Sam could be happy as I packed things up (books, magazines, spindle, yarn, wool, and chair) and got us all together to go back up to the room. Mattie alas wasn’t so happy with me, but que sera we all headed inside. I then started spinning my ball. It went well at first and even practiced starting the spindle with my foot – all going well. Quite happy. But then I learned one lesson with this method. Better to spin half spindle fulls and then ply to one spindle. There was way too much yarn by the end, and I didn’t want to stop it. But this was on my homemade spindle I made since being here in the condo and having my spindles in storage in Dallas, so on we tramped. Before we do this again though, I do need to find a way to cut a notch in the shaft. A half hitch just couldn’t hold on as the spindle got quite full and heavy. I ended up finishing by pretending it was a support spindle and managing through a few mishaps to finally spin it all onto the spindle.

One very full spindle

One very full spindle

Alas Mark got home from work toward the endĀ of this, and I hadn’t seen a clock in a few hours so had to stop at this point and get some supper on and spend some time together. Then as he took the Wildlife for a walk (Mattie is not a happy girl at night until she gets a walk with her daddy), I got back to working on my yarn. Now I wound it into a ball on my homemade nostie. Ok, so not so much homemade as home found. A toilet roll tube serves the purpose quite well and so a ball of plyed wool is completed today.

A complete plyed ball of wool

A complete plyed ball of wool

Now I am wanting to make something with this but it really needs to go into a project that … yes, … is in storage in Dallas. The theme of my life right now. So it will wait till then and join a bunch of other handspun into my Zoom Loom project that is pretty awesome in my head.

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Carding Alpaca

I have been battling a warp on my loom. Can I say that I have ten broken warp threads and it has been days since I looked at them? I know I need to sort and finish or salvage it, but can it wait till I don’t want to shoot it any more?

So in the meantime between other projects as well, I have been carding the alpaca fiber I have. (Other alpaca posts are here and here.) I joined a few others in an alpaca farm day again and bought quite a bit of Starry Knight and Galaxy’s fiber. They are so wondrous to run ones hand through.

Starry Knight's carded, spun, and plied yarn.

Starry Knight’s carded, spun, and plied yarn.

I had my handcards busy as I carded Star’s wonderfully soft fiber. It takes quite a bit of time to do it by hand, but I did get a bit done and then spun it on my Bosworth spindle. After two spindle fulls, I slid them onto straws and inserted them into holes in my handy shoebox lazy kate. Then I plied them and pushed it off onto a straw as well. I think it came out rather nice for someone who isn’t great at spinning.

I now have a small basket of more carded and ready to spin up another spindle full to ply with the left hand straw and add to my yarn.

Galaxy's drum carded clouds.

Galaxy’s drum carded clouds.

After starting on Star’s fiber, I was able to obtain the guild’s (Tall Pines Spinners and Weavers) drum carder. Now me and this carder have tried to become friends before with very poor results but in the interest of speed, I vowed to try it again and see if we could come to an understanding.

We actually are getting better though I’m sure a true spinner and carder would gasp at how sad they really look but so far I think I’m getting better and learning as I go. There is lots to go and as soon as I finish spinning up some Shetland that I have for another project Galaxy will take his turn on the spinning wheel and hopefully soon, I will have a bit of yarn to weave into an alpaca ruana.

 

 

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