Friday, February 20, 2009

First Crack at Navajo Plying

Firstly, thanks to everyone who offered their condolences on the loss of my friend Sue. I think her death really effected me so much partly because it brought home the fragility of life. The other really big reason is that I am very angry at myself (and at Sue, if I am honest) for not making more time for each other and for not taking the opportunity when I had it to tell her how much she meant to me.

I know, I know - there is a reason why they call it the 7 Stages of Grief.

I finally Navajo plied the blue and purple BFL. I cursed and swore quite a bit at the beginning, but eventually got the hang of it. It turned out to be a little thicker than I thought it would,. However it should still be fine for socks. I thought it would bloom more when I washed it, but it stayed pretty much the same size. So it is probably somewhere in between a 4 ply and a 6 ply fingering yarn. I purposely over-spun it a little. It should be fine to knit as it is, though, since it isn't quite as twisty as I thought it would be. I am currently tackling another BFL and spinning the singles a bit finer and tighter. I also got the suggestion from my sister to pre-draft the heck out of it and that also seems to be helping with the breakage.

Now if only I could learn to twist my skeins neat and pretty.

I also got a pair of socks off the needles. This yarn was my birthday yarn from my daughter last March so it is about time I finished it up! It is Opal Uni Cotton 1977.
And I also really need to get myself some sock blockers!


hege said...

That is some really beautiful yarn you've spun! Love the color.
And great socks.

She Knits Socks said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend Sue.

Thank you for your comment on my blog. I haven't tried the Noro sock yarn, but I thought the Silk Garden was a little difficult. I doesn't stretch much and it varies in thickness. But, boy, it makes a great winter scarf!

knitwych said...

Darcie, your yarn is BEAUTIFUL! :-)

And those socks are pretty, too!