Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

So, last night I got a bug up my butt and decided to learn how to Navajo ply my spun singles.  For those of you not into spinning, Navajo plying is a technique that is essentially like making the base chain for crochet except with a spinning wheel that keeps trying to twist your chain shut on you.  It looks kinda difficult but all it really is is sort of awkward to start.  I finally figured it out after looking it up on YouTube (of course).  What this means is that you can make a 3 ply yarn out of only one bobbin full of single.  It is also a good technique if you are trying to keep color changes consistent and not have that multi-colored, multi-stranded thing going on.  Anyway, I had a small part of a bobbin left over last night when I had finished spinning and plying the roving that I had started shortly after Rhinebeck (Oh my God has it really been that long? [It is, I looked it up on the blog. I started this bag of roving in November, but in my defence there was an international move in the middle of all of that!]).  Currently it is sitting in the shower drying and setting it’s twist.  I also spun the entire batt of this


one of the Fyberspates batts from the UK Ravelry day in Coventry.  I was sort of surprised that the sparkles in it didn’t show up more in the yarn than they did.  However, it did spin-up into a pretty lustrous yarn though not too terribly much of it so I’m not sure what I will use it for in the end.  (I will have pictures of all of the yarns once they have dried.)

I have been starting to get ready for my very big trip.  I’ve been trying to figure out which bags to use and things like that was well as to search down everything that I will need for the trip.  But first, I have a trip of another kind to pack for and that is Woolfest this weekend!  I’m really looking forward to this trip since it is my first trip to the Lakes District.

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