Friday, April 14, 2006

Spinning idiot

Yes, that would be me.

After months of neglect and sporadic spinning, I eventually got to the point of having two full bobbins, ready to ply. And so I did, and made a good size skein out of them. See?

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Then I got hit by a tsunami of big and heavy exams, and never got to finish plying the singles left on the two bobbins. When I finally got round to it, exhausted after a 6 hours exam, I plonked myself down, stared into space for a while, then slowly focused on the wheel and decided to finish that plying.

After a while spent wondering why the yarn looked so weird, even for my standards, it hit me: S singles are plyed Z, and viceversa. Remember? Except I do not even know what way the singles are spun anymore.

Yes, I know, I am a spinning idiot.

Now, for all of you experienced and wise spinners out there a question: is there any way to rescue those singles from their tangliness, and ply them the right way round, whatever that might be?

PS: welcome home Melanie! so glad to have you back!

PPS: thank you Kay and Ann, for your wonderful book! I am enjoying every page of it, and am very proud to be mentioned in it! So cool!


Anonymous colleen said...

I cannot help you, as I am a spinning idiot too. But to my eyes the skein looks great.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous valentina said...

What page are you on? I thought I read every line, but aparently not!
Sorry, cannot help with the spinning.

10:50 PM  
Blogger mf said...

The sk looks great! Love the color! hmm sorry can't help you with the 'c' or 'z'

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Juno said...

I've never been clear on s vs z - but spin to the right (angle of twist /), ply to the left (angle of twist \) is what I do.

Alson Amos's book has some information of deconstructing yarn to learn ply and change commercial yarns.

I expect you could attach one ply to the ball winder, one to the wheel and wind them on as you separate them.

Good Luck.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Unplying and winding them separately again, to try again would be the best way. I don't know if machines will help. Maybe have two people, each one with a ply in hand, loosen drive and tensioning bands (depends on your wheel) so there is some small tensioning, and roll each onto a separate bobbin, and go at it again. Or call it a loss, and start anew.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Nit One Perl Two said...

I am so happy I found your site. It appears we have more in common than knitting! I'll let you know when I complete the "world renound" triple lindee patern!

8:06 PM  

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