This post is going to be a bit of a filing cabinet for webpages I want to consult in my quest to spin something I can knit hats and mitts out of rather than lacey things. Those people interested in thinner yarn are probably eagerly awaiting Ted’s next missive on the subject. But some of us want yarn thick enough to knit practical outwear.
So I have tried to work out how to do that by doing the opposite of what Ted recommends for fine yarn (and consulting him by e-mail). Apparently, once you get the hang of spinning, it is quite easy to spin fine yarn (though not the VERY fine yarn he is helping you with). And the key to spinning thicker yarn is a combination of an appropriate weight spindle and practicing drafting more fibre evenly. So I’ve been practicing. I’ve switched to the heavier spindle (about 50g) that I bought at Rhinebeck and am trying to draft evenly for a thicker yarn. I’m doing not too badly. More practice needed and what I’m spinning so far is not unusable.
But then I was reading this (scroll down to the bit about the wool for Joe’s gansey) and I thought, “3 ply. Maybe I need 3 ply.” It had never occured to me. But once it did, I then recalled that Stephanie had posted about navajo plying a while ago. So I googled. Top tip. You get interesting links if you google ‘navaho ply’ but a very frustrating nothing if you do a site specific search for ‘navaho’ on yarnharlot.ca. This is because Stephanie, quite correctly, spells it ‘navajo’. Believe it or not, I took Spanish for 3 years in University.
Here are some of the sites I found. There are even little video clips.
With a spindle (useful because that is what I have; I like the tip about the andean bracelet on the wine bottle because I have those, too. I’m assuming full but not open for weight without danger of wine on the carpet.)
with useful audio (useful because a nice bossy voice often helps)
The last 2 were linked from Stephanie’s post and, like her post, are done on a wheel. I’m going to have to try this to see how it works with a spindle. I’m thinking perhaps off the lighter spindle and onto the heavier one will work. Must go dig out a shoe-box and put some holes in it to turn the spindle into a lazy kate (or have I completely misunderstood what a lazy kate does?).
The film is with the photo guy. Photos should be coming mid-week.