I’m so pleased to have finished such a lovely bit braid of gorgeous fiber and even though I didn’t achieve the yardage I hoped for, I love the soft squishiness of the yarn I created! I’m thinking this might be nice for Stacked, a design by EmilyMade. Even thought Emily’s pattern calls for 200 yards of worsted weight handspun, I feel this might work.
Fiber: 4 oz River’s Edge Fiber Arts Mountain Mist (60% Merino, 30% Bamboo, 10% Nylon)
Colorway: Black Ice
Weight: Sport in 2 ply
I did one thing different when it came to plying. After my fiber rested over night, I wound it into a center pull ball. This allowed me to ply every ounce of fiber without any waste and, I didn’t have two bobbins to ply from. I learned this technique from Christina Long, a.k.a. The Treasure Goddess, in an article she wrote for Ennea Collective. I love it and will continue to try this when it comes to plying!
Plying with this technique is perfect for the beginning spinner. There is no need for working with a lazy kate, you only need the one bobbin for spinning singles and plying the yarn. The only additional equipment required is a ball winder, which you could probably borrow from a knitter friend should you not have your own. I also find that as I gain more experience with spinning, plying from both ends of a center pull ball is still my very favorite method. I find nothing is more relaxing than watching the colors change and meld into new combinations as my mind wonders and my hands ply without effort. ~ Christine Long
Here’s her YouTube video showing this technique: