I went to Knitch yesterday because I needed more red for Amy Pond and I wanted to start the other scarf Amy wore in the latest season of Doctor Who. It’ll be my first lace-piece but I’m making it with a light worsted (Cascade 220 superwash) so I think I can do it!
As I was walking around the store I saw the roving section. On top of a shelving unit was a couple containers of the most adorable bits of roving I’d ever seen. I had done some drop spindling previously but I wasn’t really enamoured with the outcome (I wasn’t sure how thin was too thin so I went from super fluffy and chunky to super thin and almost snapping. But when I saw the ladies with their ridiculously thin singles off their spinning at Stitch n Bitch on Monday, I knew I could draft a little bit more. So I bought two (8 oz for 8 dollars. Maybe a bit over the top but it’s so soft and cute, I couldn’t turn it down) and figured I’d teach myself how to ply.
I took the cutesies home and got to work. I drafted the one wide roving into many many baby rovings and started drafting lengthwise making it super thin. When I got about half through the roving I started spinning. It spun up so much easier than when I was making the uneven stuff and I fit so much more on the spindle. I was even able to get a really good spin and just go with it, letting the spindle almost touch the floor as I was standing. I was a little more than half done with the blue when mom came home and saw what I was doing. Instead of spinning the purple separately, I decided to spin them together, thinking it would be even. I didn’t stay super consistent for some reason when I was doing the purple (I think because it kept coming apart, rather than the blue that stayed together so well) so I wound up with a decent amount less of the purple.
Then it was time for the andean ply. I wish I could say I had pictures of this, but as my middle finger was turning blue, I was trying to get Skype on my phone so I could talk to Justin in Kazakhstan and type to him and Caitlin and find the video that taught me how to finish my plying and whatthehellwasIthinkingplyingat11atnight??? I wound that andean ply on my hand so quickly I was amazed at my ability to rush and still do a decent job. I saved my middle finger from its agonizing tournaquette and started spinning the two together.
Again, pictures really sucked in my low-lit home with it being 11 p.m. so I will take pictures the next time I do it! Promise!
While chatting with Justin (or at least trying to… come on Skype. Really? Why do you have to suck so bad?) I finished spinning up the rest of the yarn. I wound up with about two yards of purely blue plied yarn. Even though it’s a little weird, it’s still gorgeous and I can’t wait to knit something up with it. I’d estimate it’s about a light worsted or sport weight so I’m going to use size 6 or 7 needles to make my item. I also have no clue about the weight and/or length of this item since it was late and I didn’t measure out my swift to one yard. I was full of mistakes yesterday. I still have to soak it but haven’t yet because I want to show it off a bit.
There are a ton more baby rovings at Knitch and I’m going to open knit tonight so I’ll be buying some more! I’ll get better pictures this time!