I’m not finished spinning the roving from the drop spindle class I took last weekend, but I’ve spun up about 70g of singles at this point. Last I weighed it, I had somewhere around 60g left. So, another week or less and I’ll be all done and ready to ply. However, a couple days ago, I was getting really impatient to see what my yarn was going to look like plied. I had five balls of singles (10g each) at that point, so I thought plying two of them up wouldn’t hurt. 🙂
I wound a plying ball on my nostepinne. I think I will use my ball winder for that next time. While I can appreciate why some people love hand-winding, I’m not one of those people. I think spinning the yarn and then knitting with it is enough experiencing the yarn; winding is the boring part for me.
So, I made a plying ball and pulled from the center of it to ply on my CD drop spindle from the class. It turns out plying is a lot easier than spinning the singles. There’s almost no potential for breakage the way there is going from unspun fiber to singles.
While I didn’t enjoy hand-winding the plying ball, I did have fun winding the plied yarn off the spindle and only my Amish-style swift to get it ready for a soak as well as to calculate the yardage. I ended up with 35 yards in 21g, so I’m getting a heavy worsted/aran-weight yarn.
I was a good girl and soaked my yarn right away and hung it up to dry. I had to wake up early the next morning for an appointment before work, but it was already dry when I woke up and I excitedly twisted it up into a little skein! And of course I sent the picture to whoever would look.
I’m ridiculously proud of it. Not because it’s perfect–far from it!–but because I made it and spinning is a thing I never thought I would do. I’m excited to spin the rest of it and then knit with yarn that I made myself. I’m this much closer to vertically integrating my knitting and owning my own damn sheep. 😛