Tuesday, 25 March 2014

STSAL2014 - Ready to Start Plying

Today is the Stitched Together Spin-A-Long 2014 update day. To see other posts in this series, click the button below.

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Whilst spinning singles in a reasonably uniform colour, there isn't much of interest to show.  However, yesterday I wound my last single onto a plying ball. Before yesterday, I only had two plying balls, so I had to make another one out of needle felted fibre, to hold my third set of singles.  Making a needle felted ball is such a simple thing to do, but it's a little time consuming. I also managed to break two needles whilst doing it. It's hard to hold a sphere stable whilst stabbing it from directly above, you know.  This tutorial shows the basics of what I did, but I used a Clover Felting Needle Mat and a Needle Felting Tool. I also used a toothpick to hold the ball in place to ensure I didn't stab my fingers with a barbed felting needle. It's really not a fun experience.  The toothpick makes it a little more tricky, but at least I received no damage to my hands.

Once I had my third felt ball to use for making a plying ball, I finished winding off the last of my singles.


The singles have now rested for a day, so I can now start plying. It's ages since I made a true 3-ply yarn, I hope I don't get in a mess!

How are you doing with the Stitched Together Spin-A-Long?  Have you created a project on Ravelry or blogged about your progress. If you have, please add your link in the comment thread. I'd love to know how you're doing. Or alternatively come and join in the chat over on the Ravelry Board. The Ravelry Board is also a good place to ask for advice or to bounce ideas around with fellow spinners.  You still have plenty of time to join in, as the SAL doesn't end until April 30th.


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