Spinning FO: Blooming Bougainvilla

Remember this?

Last week I decided that the spindle spin I had started during Tour de Fleece two years ago was never going to get finished unless my Lendrum got involved.

I am pleased to report it’s all done!  And it turned out remarkably well, all things considered, although it’s not as even as my most recent spinning.

The Woolee Winder I purchased is a miracle worker.  I easily got the single onto a single bobbin.

The Finished Single

The Finished Single

Then on Monday evening, I “Shireen-plyed” my yarn.  This is a name I have given to a faux-Andean plying method that Shireen came up with last week.  4 oz of single is a bit hard to Andean ply without cutting off circulation to your fingers, so Shireen wound it into a centre-pull ball, and then plied the two ends of the ball together.  A small downfall to this method: towards the very end, the ball collapses and gets a bit tangly.  The up side?  You never have mismatched single from having two bobbins that don’t quite match.  In this case, I did it to ply older, thicker, spindle spun yarn with newer wheel spun yarn in an attempt at consistency.

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Certainly not perfect, but I am actually pleased with the result, regardless of the thick and thin quality.

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Next up…the second half of my Friends in Fiber BFL/Silk fractal spin!  Have to clear my bobbins for next week’s Tour de Fleece!

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2 thoughts on “Spinning FO: Blooming Bougainvilla

  1. Thank you, Mary! A lesson I have learned is that some of the craziest braids of fibre make the most amazing handspun. Colours I would not normally have chosen are now the ones I grab while picking up new fibre 🙂

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