And also navajo-plying. (If anyone can enlighten me as to why it’s called that I’d be grateful. My google-fu has failed me.)
Above is my first attempt. A wild and twisted mess, but it did work! The colours stayed together and a skinny single became a much thicker 3-ply. I had a few more lonely partial bobbins sitting in my fibre box so I dug them out and soon I felt like I was getting the hang of it.
The reason for learning this new skill is two-fold. I love spinning very fine singles, but I run out of stamina about half way through the second bobbin most of the time and so my skeins are often a very skimpy, nearly unusable yardage. Plus as much as I like spinning fine yarn, I really don’t like knitting with it! So navajo-plying lets me spin one (one!) bobbin of fine singles and then I ply it back on itself to get a very versatile 3 ply. Plus it looks lovely I think.
However the main motivator was that I needed to learn how to ply in a way that would maintain a colour gradient because I bought this…
Rainbows in merino and silk! It’s nearly done and I can’t wait to show the final yarn, in fact I can’t wait to see it myself! The singles are done and I am resting it (impatiently) before plying. Wish me luck! If it works it will be beautiful.