I’ve just been spinning on my Hansen whilst reading the Spin-Off Summer 2012 magazine on my iPad when I came across an article on Navajo plying on the fly. This has just blown my mind! How cool? So basically, what you do is spin an arms length of singles and then Navajo ply it then wind it onto your spindle shaft and then spin another length of singles and repeat.
So of course, I picked up a spindle that I had started spinning one of my hand blends on, the Jacob and red BFL and had a go.
…Navajo plying. Which is what I’ve been playing with recently.
It started with the two locks that I photographed for the Bendigo post. I washed them to see how they looked clean and both of them came up beautifully. I’m excited to have new fleecy possibilities to explore but I don’t want to rush into anything. However, lately there has been a lot of conversation of carding amongst my friends, Sharon has just become the proud owner of a Fancy Kitty drum carder, I recently purchased a pair of Ashford hand carders from Spun Out and we met Richard Ashford at Bendigo who was utterly charming and generous and gave me a lesson on drum carding resulting in free batts for both Sonia and I. So with all of this carding excitement going on I picked up my hand carders and began to card the two locks together. I spun the resulting rolag with one of my Ken Ledbetter spindles and then had a go at Navajo plying the single. Heaps of fun! Although I can be a bit project orientated I do love to play around with fibre just for the fun of it.
I think it has a rustic charm, though I don’t think I will be blending the two fleeces when I come to spinning them proper.
Anyway, so the Navajo plying, I don’t know why but I had got it in my head that it was way more complicated than it actually is. I do this occasionally, spend ages looking for the trick when there is none, it really is that simple, just my brain getting in the way. I fear I am doing the same with crochet and hopefully one day soon that too will just click. So yesterday I had another attempt using the singles left over from Julie’s birthday yarn.
I made a N just because I can! I’m quite happy with my dabblings so far there are lengths of yarn that are beautiful though more practice is needed. I fudged a bit when the singles broke which looks a little bit shit but hey, practicing this is fun. I’m also practicing my long-draw but I don’t have anything worth showing there. Hopefully that too will click with time but I think that’s a muscle memory/co-ordination thing rather than a silly mental block, or maybe it isn’t, time will tell.
Well, I better get back to the gift knitting and musing about fleecy possibilities. Going back to work is going to be a real wrench that’s for sure!
ttfn Melanie x