Have you ever had one of those projects that you doubted yourself all the way through? This was one of those. I wasn’t sure I wanted a blended 3-ply, but I wasn’t sure I wanted a chain-ply either. I wasn’t sure if I would want a 2-ply or singles. I ultimately decided to go with my default favourite yarn, which is a blended 3-ply. I’m not sure it was the right decision but the result is pretty none-the-less! Here is a photo of the original hand-dyed top, which I don’t often show and always think later that you might be interested to know what it started out as:
Then spinning in progress:
For all of its simplicity, I love the Lendrum Lazy Kate. I’ve heard mixed reviews in person and on Ravelry but honestly? I think there’s something really nice and simple about a Kate that is so … simple! (for lack of a better word!)
Colourway :: Spring Broomsedge
Yarn :: traditional 3-ply, 378 yards, 4oz
I have been struggling with plying on the Lendrum. I’ll be honest, I like one big skein of yarn when I am finished plying. I don’t like having two smaller skeins. It is definitely easier to keep track of in my stash, rather than looking for multiple skeins. Mostly, though, I really love the meditative rhythm I get into when plying. The Jumbo/plying head that comes with the Lendrum complete is great … but it’s too slow. The ratios aren’t high enough for what I want. This is totally the advantage to whorls that screw on versus being built into the flyer itself. But what to do?!
I’m really torn between buying a Woolee Winder for the Jumbo flyer since it has a 19:1 ratio option on it – that would help immensely with these fine fibres I love to spin. Or … buying a second wheel for the purpose of plying. Does that sound completely outrageous?! It does, however, there is a little money tucked away from some family ‘stuff’ over the past number of years that is just for me so I’m thinking about it.
Therefore, my question to you all is this: If money were absolutely no problem, What is your dream wheel?
Happy Spinning :)