Some evenings, spinning is a lovely, relaxing way to wind down after a long day. Since I picked it up again in May, I have been finding knitting time dwindling and spinning time increasing…which is a bit of a problem since really, I am just creating more yarn. But I digress.
Since May, I have spun up three separate braids, and this one is the first that I would consider luxury, ie that is something other than straight merino or BFL. This braid of 80% BFL and 20% silk from Friends in Fibre has been calling to me with its lovely blues and purples for a while now, and I thought it was time to spin up something truly yummy.
Friends In Fiber BFL/Silk in “Blue Moon”
After watching Felicia Lo’s Craftsy class called “Spinning Dyed Fibres” and discovering that the braid had lovely long runs of colour, I decided on a fractal spin. This is a process whereby you split the braid lengthwise down the middle, and then spin one half as is to get the afore mentioned long stretches of single colour. The other half is then split lengthwise as many times as possible and spun up one after the other. This creates shorter runs of colour, and then the two are plied together. Real results are only visible once the piece is knit up and I haven’t gotten that far yet.
After plying on Saturday, I Tweeted this picture:
First run at plying
One of my followers, an avid spinner, commented that it was pretty and I asked her if perhaps the plying was too loose. I have a tendency to overspin my singles with the knowledge that the plying will take some of it away, but it seems I am a bit overcautious with the plying. “Fluffykira” kindly suggested that I run it back through the wheel – something I wasn’t actually sure I could do – if I felt it wasn’t plied tightly enough. She assured me it would be fine and that I could just soak it again afterwards and all would be well! I can’t say how grateful I am to her. After 45 minutes or so, and an episode of Battlestar Galactica…this was the result.
After a second ply…
Next time I will know not to be quite so judicious with the amount of twist I am adding. Because frankly, having to re-do all this a second time was a bit of a pain, even if it was totally worth it in retrospect.
Next up…indigodragonfly PandaBaa in “Cast On Couch”. This gorgeous red-purple colourway in merino/bamboo will be going on my wheel for Tour de Fleece! In fact, indigodragonfly has entered a team into the festivities. Come join us on Ravelry!