So I finished plying this amazing Hedgehog Fibres’ Fibre Club that I’ve spent the past week working on and blogging about – are you sick of it yet? At least I can finally show you some finished yarn and then I’ll be able to move onto the second 125gm (I had to free up these bobbins before going on to more fibre).
Fibre :: Hedgehog Fibres February 2015 Fibre Club – Merino, Silk, black Alpaca + Sparkly blend
Colourway :: n/a
Finished Yarn :: Navajo-plied, ~ 235 yards, 13 WPI (sport)
While this still completely reminds me of Christmas, as per one of my previous posts, I also am completely smitten the the Bollywood colours of this yarn. Living in a very multicultural area of the world and having many Sikh friends, we have attended a few Sikh weddings. This yarn totally reminds me of the colours of the sari’s worn at those events.
Due to the alpaca content in this yarn, it has a lovely halo as well. I’m really interested to see how this will knit up. I am looking for a lace garter-stitch shawl … Any suggestions?!
My final thoughts on this yarn are surrounding Navajo or chain plying. I have a few opinions about navajo plying … they are entirely my own but I think at some point, someone said, “Be careful not to over twist when you are navajo-plying.” And then someone else repeated it by saying, “Never over twist when navajo-plying.” What I hear ‘out there’ in the spinning world is this consistent message when people talk about navajo plying. Personally, I don’t like the look of under twisted navajo plied yarn – I think the ‘evidence’ of where the loops appear are even more evident when there isn’t enough twist. And when a yarn comes freshly off the wheel perfectly balanced, it will probably be under twisted once washed since water takes some of the twist out of our yarns.
So personally, I actually prefer the look and feel of Navajo-plied yarns that have slightly more twist as I like the look of the yarn better. As well, I prefer working with slightly higher twist yarns – I like the appearance and feel of the knitted fabric more. I’m not saying put a crap ton of twist into Navajo-plied yarns but maybe play around? See what you like? Put more than you normally would and look at those loops in the finished yarn – are they slightly less visible? No difference? There are so many possibilities!
It is so important as spinners that we don’t pigeonhole ourselves into a bunch of rules based on preconceived ideas – I think trialling what we think might work, sampling, re-working previous ideas will help us all move the craft of spinning forward!
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Have you had any complete disasters when you were trying something differently?
Happy Spinning :)