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« on: September 27, 2010 07:55:03 PM »

So I just spun up my first yarn (4 oz. Teal 70% alpaca 30% silk from Abstract Fiber) and I love it, I'm so excited to crochet it into something. I set the twist and it's drying now, but do I really need to ply it to use it? and if so what do I ply it with? I only have 40ft (est.) so plying it back on itself really isn't an option. Any opinions would be great!
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2010 03:15:44 AM »

Nope! If you don't ply it, it's called a single. I use them all the time.

In fact, I'm using a single made from wool (my beautiful man brought back from a trip for me to spin up - he spoils me!  Grin ) ss embroidery floss for a small-ish project.

« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2010 10:53:40 AM »

« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2010 02:23:39 PM »

If you want to try plying but don't want to give up yardage, you could ply with sewing thread or crochet thread.  I've done that a few times when I've wanted to ply but didn't want to lose half my yardage.
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2010 10:56:49 AM »

There are NO RULES in spinning!!!  Yay!!!


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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2010 12:49:15 AM »

Thank heavens for no rules! I already do things really weirdly, what with not drafting, just splitting the roving till it's the size I want,  spinning the spindle in my hand out to the side instead of letting it spin by itself, and wrapping my yarn around a child's chair back that's only a foot across.
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2010 01:53:19 PM »

You definitely don't have to ply, although usually you would already decide in the beginning if you want to spin a single or plied yarn, as a single will need far less twist to remain even. If you're starting out, plying is a great way to even out your yarn and take any excess twist out of it.

To keep the yardage, plying with sewing thread or crochet cotton, as has been said already, is definitely the best advice. Smiley

« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2010 02:53:40 AM »

Nope, you don't have to ply Wink IMO the technique where you just add twist to wool is prettiest as singles - though if you want to ply, that'll work too!

There are no rules to spinning but there are loads of techniques for getting different kinds of results, so if you want to make different kind of yarn, you could check out these videos: part 1, part 2 and this trailer. Spinning the spindle in your hand is a totally valid technique btw Wink you can pretty much use it any way you like, even "upside down" like this girl
« Last Edit: October 24, 2010 02:54:51 AM by wanderingskopos - Reason: fixed links » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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