Saturday, July 01, 2006

Le Tour de Fleece - Day One

Well, it was a hard-fought battle, but we have a victory today on Day One--one completed bobbin of Navajo-plyed yarn! Hard fought in that it took me almost 3-1/2 hours and a full viewing of Fellowship of the Ring to finish the one bobbin--yes, I'm very, very slow. I've done this before, but this was the first time to ply on the new wheel, and I wanted to experiment a little bit. I re-read an article in Spin-Off last night and again today, and it helped me get a better idea of what I need to do, so I was trying some different things. I think I have a better idea of what it's all about now.

The skein looks pretty good considering I had several consistency problems spinning the single. There are some dead spots in it, and lots of inconsistency in the size, but the colors held together really well--I'm pretty impressed with that. There were several breaks along the way, but I was able to put everything back together with few problems. This was a good learning exercise for me, and hopefully the second bobbin will go more smoothly--and faster!

I may ply the second bobbin tonight, or I may wait and do it on Day Two--I don't know. Right now, it's time for dinner and a break.

Photos tomorrow after the skein's out of its bath . . . .


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