N is for New Skills

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.)

photo 1Above 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.

photo 2 photo 3They look similar, but are from 2 different fibres (it seems I had a blue phase).

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…

photoRainbows 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.


About Charlotte Marjoribanks Designs

I live in New Zealand with my daughter and husband. I take photos, I knit, I design knitting patterns, and I try and live thoughtfully (whatever that means on any given day).
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