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« Reply #60 on: May 14, 2007 10:14:33 AM »

I was really trying to be patient and hold off til next friday to post these, but....patience is not one of my virtues. I'm a few days late, but here's what I got!

Went to the Fiber Festival to purchase handcarders only to discover I couldn't afford them. But I had an idea. I went home and found my dogbrush.

And here it is in progress right now on my bobbin. By far the thinnest yarn I've spun so far:

I also decided to ply up my first yarn to take care of some of the overtwisting. It's interesting how the skein plied with red looks pinker because it's bringing out different tones.

And that's it! Everyone's yarns look beeyootiful as always!

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« Reply #61 on: May 14, 2007 10:16:49 AM »

ooooh it looks so pretty on your bobbin! I love it

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« Reply #62 on: May 15, 2007 12:05:10 AM »

It's interesting how the skein plied with red looks pinker because it's bringing out different tones.

Silly little novice question - when you ply the singles like that, is that just, for instance, a thread of cotton or what? Have only spun about 3 metres so far and am curious!
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« Reply #63 on: May 15, 2007 02:14:52 AM »

Sewing thread is fine for plying yarn like this, Nat.  Good luck and make sure you post pics!

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« Reply #64 on: May 15, 2007 02:02:00 PM »

pharmgirl, what kind of yardage have you got on limegrass? that looks like a huge hulkin' bunch of yarn to me, but maybe it's a perspective thing...

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« Reply #65 on: May 15, 2007 06:34:24 PM »

I had no clue how much meterage there was in that ball, so I had to satisfy my own curiosity Smiley  Using a rough guestimate of arm to nose (which I think I measured one time, and it was like 102cm or something, so fairly accurate)

a smaller hank of the same stuff weighted 8g, and had 100m.  The two small hanks (not shown) and the big ball weighed 97g.  Using the formula 8g/100m = 97g/xm I got about 1212.5m.  Probably enough that I could do a small shawl or something. 

Originally I didn't measure it because I was too bummed that I couldn't use it for socks.  The three plies together in this yarn equal one SINGLE in my new sock yarn.  Hopefully that will work. 

Again, the beautiful dye jorb on limegrass was by hoxierice who was my exchange partner in the handdyed roving swap.

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« Reply #66 on: May 16, 2007 12:00:06 AM »

When I do boucle I over spin it before I ply with one thread. I find the weight of the plying thread does make a difference as does the angle you are plying the threads from.
I agree. Haven't plied with different weights yet (never tried crochet cotton or anything- just sewing/embroidery thread).  But the angle does matter. When I was spinning on my spindle and learned to ply that way, I was holding both of the plies together with the same amount of tension. I was only doing 2-ply yarn, and have never done a boucle on my spindle.  But once I got the wheel and tried plying with thread, I noticed that you hold them differently. I hold the sewing thread in my left hand with more tension, and the single in my right hand with less tension and at an angle. hard to explain. maybe I can get the bf to take pix one of these days. Other than that, it's a lot of experimenting to get it right. But out of this experimentation you can get things like coils! and other cool effects. I mainly love to ply with thread to get things like beads or sequins onto my yarn. and even buttons!  sooooooo much fun! =0) I even have another to show this friday! =0) Now I just need to dye some more millends I have lying around! Grin

« Reply #67 on: May 16, 2007 04:39:22 AM »

I've had very little luck trying to do coils.  I've done some sort of coily things, but nothing like the even ones you guys do.  Someone needs to do a good coil tutorial Smiley
« Reply #68 on: May 16, 2007 06:27:33 AM »

Knitty did an article on it in their knittyspin column click the link for more info  Wink http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/KScoil.html

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« Reply #69 on: May 16, 2007 06:41:02 AM »

Thank you so much, I always forget/miss knitty spin!
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