In Which the Pirate Begins to Ply.

Over the weekend I finished spinning the Purple Pansies singles, and so yesterday (Monday) I sat down at the wheel to ply. This is perhaps my least favourite part of the whole process: pull out a length of singles, treadle a certain number of times, let the newly plied yarn wind onto the bobbin, repeat ad infinitum. Boooo-ring!


I’ll admit that I’m enjoying watching how the colours are lining up in the yarn. The distinct stripes of the singles become muted, especially so in this stuff because purple and golden-orange are on opposite sides of the colour wheel. There are three ways that the colours can come together: orange/white, purple/white, and orange/purple – and of course, at some point, it’s possible that two orange or two purple sections of singles will line up with each other. It hasn’t happened yet, though.


The yarn looks like a light fingering weight, based on the leader of sock yarn that you can see on the bottom-left there. It might poof up a bit after it’s had a bath and a good thwack against the side of the tub. Eventually, I’ll get around to knitting it into a pair of socks… someday!

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2 Responses

  1. Mary-Anne says:

    Lovely work. Oddly, as a new spinner, I like plying – it is easier than spinning, and I like the rhythm I fall into.

    I hope you knit those socks soon. I knit my first pair of socks using handspun last week and I am so pleased with myself and the results.

    • Pirate says:

      I’ll agree, plying *is* easier than spinning – but it takes juuuust enough of my attention that I can’t really watch anything engaging (so there’s been a lot of Simpsons on, in the evenings) or keep up a conversation. Counting treadles takes up a surprising amount of processing power! :)

      Handspun socks really are the best, aren’t they?

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