Sunday, March 16, 2014
Yarn, Navajo plyed
Well, to quote Lee Juvan from KnitTV.com, "Navajo plying (also called chain plying) is a way to make a three-ply yarn from only a single strand. Spinners often use this method when they have spun singles from a multicolored top and want to avoid creating “barber pole” yarn as they ply. Navajo plying preserves the color changes of the original singles, giving you a striped yarn rather than a marled one."
So I asked my friend Yvonne, who is also the current President of our local spinner guild if she would teach a class on how to Navajo Ply, which she did.
It takes a "bit'o larnin" and a considerable amount of hand-to-eye coordination to Navajo Ply.
Everyone says, "Oh, if you cam crochet, you should have no problem learning how to Navajo Ply. Au contraire, my friends.
So the bottom part of this skein is what I plied at guild - kind of tightly wound, so to speak - then I got home, and my wheel sat in the living room for a couple of weeks - and since I needed to get started on some more yarn for The Shepherd's next sweater vest, I really HAD to get this project finished. So off to the internet I went and ended up watching this video by spinner extraordinaire, Sarah Anderson . Actually, I watched it several times, and by the time I get around to doing my next project that I need to Navajo Ply, I'll probably watch it a bunch more - ain't the internet grant?
Anyhow, as you can see from the top of the skein above, after watching Sarah's video, my yarn was much more balanced. I think I will make myself some fingerless gloves for work.