I decided to jump in at the deep end and teach myself to navajo ply. I must have been feeling incredibly adventurous! I figured that I understood the concept... and really... it couldn't be all that hard, could it???
I know that some of you have no background at all in the world of spinning... when you take the raw fleece, and twist it into a single strand of yarn... that process is called spinning. When you take two or more strands of yarn and twist them together (in the opposite direction to which they were first spun) to make a thicker, stronger yarn... that process is called plying.
With navajo plying, you take a single strand of spun yarn and work it into giant chain stitches (just like crochet) with your hands as you ply it... the result is a three ply yarn, created from a single bobbin.
Sounds a little bit complicated, doesn't it?
Well... as I was saying... I was obviously feeling incredibly adventurous... and I just ploughed straight into it. The process felt fairly simple and I seemed to be in control of what I was doing... but I'm not convinced by the results.
Obviously, like any new technique, it will take practice... but can anyone tell me what these little 'pig tails' are about??? I know they're not supposed to be there - but I have LOTS of them! In fact, my yarn is pretty much full of them.
Am I putting too much twist into my plying? Or was there too much twist in the original bobbin? Have I even understood the navajo plying concept correctly? These are the questions I need to find answers to...
My yarn is also a little tough. I wouldn't quite call it rope, but it doesn't have the softness to it which I was hoping for.
Not that I'm disappointed. Please don't get me wrong. I'm just looking for how I can learn from the experience. Good golly... that was my FIRST ATTEMPT... and it actually looks like yarn... I'm delighted and encouraged by that!
And it has fabulous character. Those 'pig tails' will make an interesting feature when the yarn is worked up...
Now to decide... knit or crochet... and what shall I make?