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Topic: Unplying two yarns and plying them together...?  (Read 1334 times)
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« on: October 04, 2011 12:46:51 PM »

Okay, so my friend has just commissioned me for a scarf, and she wants yarn that has an almost-fuzzy soft look to it. She's willing to pay $50, so finding any handspun is pretty much out of the question if i want to make any money off this. Wink
Anyway, i found some yarn at Michael's, that could possibly do the trick. It's Loops & Threads Cozy Wool. Trouble is, she wants a marbled effect, so i got chocolate and barley.

I'm thinking the best way to do this would be to unply each color and ply them together. Problem is, i've never spun yarn in my life. I don't have a spindle, and i'm not sure if i have the supplies to make my own... but to ply them together, i should probably use a spindle, right? Or would it be possible without one?

Does anybody have any ideas? Does that sound like it will work? Or should i just keep trying to find someone who can do it for me relatively inexpensively?

« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2011 10:52:09 PM »

That sounds like ALOT of work! It also sounds like something I might do Tongue I would only do this for a VERY close friend, or family member who means alot to me, because $50 isn't a heck of a lot for that much work.

I think you'd be better off buying a yarn that's closer to the colourway she wants. I used Marble Chunky in Denims for a boyfriend-blankie, and it's gorgeous! It's soooo soft and squishy, and Sand Dune looks like it would be right up your friend's alley. You can get it through Mary Maxim, so I bet there are American yarn companies that have it readily available. It just so happens I got mine at my local privately-owned craft shop Cheesy It was $14.99 CAD per ball, and one ball did the entire outside of a granny blanket (where the width of the outside rounds was about equal to half of the inner granny motif-set, if that makes sense), so it's ALOT of yarn in 200 grams!

Hope you kept the receipt Tongue

« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011 03:17:14 PM »

You wouldn't have to spin them together. You could just separate the plies and then work them together, like using 2 balls of yarn. Just make sure they are neat when you start because it will suck if they get tangled.

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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011 04:02:05 PM »

Thanks, Alexus, I'll look into that yarn.

I'd thought about that, too, jexxican. I tend to be picky about these sorts of details and wasn't sure if I would be as satisfied with that as I would be if they were plied together. I guess it wouldn't be all that different, though, huh?

Thanks for the help, both of you!

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