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« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2007 03:14:09 AM »

i'm jealous! everyone's yarn looks great! i need to get practicing on my wheel so i can get more done  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2007 09:05:51 PM »

I totally forgot about fiber Friday this week!  Maybe it had something to do with standing in line to get my Harry Potter book at midnight...  Tongue
Gorgeous everyone, and I love to see new spinners here!

feralfeminine - How do you get your plied yarns so tight and squishy looking?  They look amazing.
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« Reply #22 on: July 23, 2007 02:32:33 PM »

Oooo...scrumptious seems to be a good word for all of your yarns this week everyone!

Can I post late?  I don't want to wait until Friday!  Here is approx. 650 yards of professionally dyed roving. (Might be Ashland Bay...I bought it at my LYS)

Also...will my yarn shrink to exactly 'half' in length if I ply this single against itself?  The charts say approx. 650 yards for 4 ounces if it's lace weight and approx. 475 yards if it's fingering weight for the same 4 ounces.  So...I'm confused!





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« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2007 03:55:59 PM »

If you ply your 650 yards You should end up with 325. It might be a little more or less depending on if one ply is bunchier than the other [like, if you coil one end around the other it would not be directly in half.] There's a lot of leeway in the charts from what I can tell. I've also heard that it can vary on type of fiber. That a pound of some light fiber can produce more yardage than a pound of a heavier fiber. I don't really know on that one though. You might also find that when you ply, your lace weight single plumps up to much more than a fingering weight two ply because you're taking twist out which is going to make your final yarn loftier than your single. Does that make any sense? I've just spent the past hour sweating in an unventilated basketball stadium so I'm possibly a bit loopy.
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« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2007 04:16:15 PM »


will my yarn shrink to exactly 'half' in length if I ply this single against itself?  RM

A question based on ignorance: Why ply? wouldn't you get the same results if you held two singles together?

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« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2007 07:37:54 PM »

i'm a latecomer too. i know there was some super-hero yarn posted recently and i didn't mean to copy it but it just happened! i plyed it with silver thread and added little star sequins. this is my first try at plying, yeah, need to work on that. i think it would be much easier with a wheel.
 
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« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2007 09:02:56 PM »


will my yarn shrink to exactly 'half' in length if I ply this single against itself?  RM

A question based on ignorance: Why ply? wouldn't you get the same results if you held two singles together?

PS: Hi RM! Grin

No, you would not. Holding two plies together would have you knitting with two strands of yarn with the current amount of twist. It would be a tighter, and firmer yarn. Plus, it's two separate yarns then. Plying makes one, loftier [and then likely fatter in diameter] yarn that is a single piece. The two plies twist around each other rather than being held parallel. Plus, your stitches would look different because the yarn would look different.
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« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2007 10:52:56 PM »

Hello there!  My friends...to the rescue!   Grin Kiss

I think I'll just do the plying and see how far up on toe-up socks I get.  Like I said, it may just make anklets...but then I'm sure that the recipient will be quite happy to be getting any handmade socks! 

About knitting the yarn together...I knit rather snugly, especially on socks or anything in the round, so I would be afraid that the double strands would be harder to manipulate in and out of the stitches without dropping or splitting one.

Thanks for all the grand information!  I've edited my post to not sound quite so wildly Aristocratic, as I have just finished watching an old British film on TCM!  Hee-hee. 

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