Spinning Ahead: My First Plied Skein!

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.

Counting yardage on my swift
Counting yardage on my swift
A close-up of the yarn
A close-up of the 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.

Hanging up to dry
Hanging up to dry
My first skein of handspun!
My first skein of handspun!

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. 😛

4 thoughts on “Spinning Ahead: My First Plied Skein!

  1. Hi Rachel! OMG I have no idea if you still remember but it’s Tiff K! 🙂 Wow, never knew anyone who could spindle (knit? spindle? haha) before. Great job I must say! Crafting has never been my strong suit and I always lack patience to do so. >_<

    1. Thank you! I think it is so fun. I’m generally an impatient person, but I find I’m not that way at all when it comes to knitting. Not really sure why!

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