Candy Spun

Have you seen [Rachel spinning away at the airport on her Joy?](http://www.yarnagogo.com/blog/2005/05/new_york_.html) I love it! Here’s my Joy with the new [Polwarth that I dyed a few weeks back](http://blog.sweetgeorgiayarns.com/archives/2005/04/dyeing_polworth.html):

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Ooh, and a close-up! See the Woolee Winder? I love that too! Hello, not moving yarn from flyer hook to hook!

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I’m spinning thin singles with this but haven’t decided if I want to ply it. If I leave it as singles, they will be sock-weight-ish. If I navajo-ply it, I’ll get worsted-weight. I’d like to ply it on itself but I can’t figure out Andean plying. I heard of another method of making a 2-ply: winding the singles into a centre-pull ball, then plying using the two ends of the ball — but I also heard this can get messy. Hmm. Maybe I’ll keep it as flashy, colourful singles that will make stripes when knit up.

  • http://www.twosheep.com/blog June

    A WW is great! I see that yours is building a slightly cone-shaped cop. Mine did that, too, and Nathan suggested that I turn the moving eye (mindful of the solder) ever so slightly to even it up. Yours looks like it needs to twist counterclockwise, looking from the top. Plying from two ends of a ball is commonly done, but it is a sloppy technique if you’re after the perfect yarn. (Plying this way inherently alters the amount of twist in the singles.) I like Andean plying for small amounts, not a full bobbin of yarn. If you want, wind your singles into two equal weight balls (not center-pull) and ply those together. You can keep them in bowls to prevent them from running all over the place. Better yet, use storage bobbins.

  • http://www.twosheep.com/blog June

    A WW is great! I see that yours is building a slightly cone-shaped cop. Mine did that, too, and Nathan suggested that I turn the moving eye (mindful of the solder) ever so slightly to even it up. Yours looks like it needs to twist counterclockwise, looking from the top. Plying from two ends of a ball is commonly done, but it is a sloppy technique if you’re after the perfect yarn. (Plying this way inherently alters the amount of twist in the singles.) I like Andean plying for small amounts, not a full bobbin of yarn. If you want, wind your singles into two equal weight balls (not center-pull) and ply those together. You can keep them in bowls to prevent them from running all over the place. Better yet, use storage bobbins.

  • http://lollygirl.com/blog Lolly

    Your handspun is lovely, Felicia! I love the colors–they look like sherbet :)

  • http://lollygirl.com/blog Lolly

    Your handspun is lovely, Felicia! I love the colors–they look like sherbet :)

  • http://knittingsunshine.blogspot.com/ Dani

    Nice spinning! I admire you spinners out there, but have yet to try. Those colors would make great socks!

  • http://knittingsunshine.blogspot.com/ Dani

    Nice spinning! I admire you spinners out there, but have yet to try. Those colors would make great socks!

  • Maud

    Very beautiful colours, and great pictures, as yours usually are!

  • Maud

    Very beautiful colours, and great pictures, as yours usually are!

  • http://www.shizzyknits.blogspot.com sheree

    I think it looks pretty as a singles, but like June said, you can always try the two balls in bowls method (that sounds awful doesn’t it? LOL). Anyways, I did that sometimes with singles I spun on my drop spindle and it worked pretty well. I don’t think you can Andean ply as much yarn as you have on your bobbin…it’d be a lot of work.
    Love the colors of that roving BTW.

  • http://www.shizzyknits.blogspot.com sheree

    I think it looks pretty as a singles, but like June said, you can always try the two balls in bowls method (that sounds awful doesn’t it? LOL). Anyways, I did that sometimes with singles I spun on my drop spindle and it worked pretty well. I don’t think you can Andean ply as much yarn as you have on your bobbin…it’d be a lot of work.
    Love the colors of that roving BTW.

  • http://www.knittish.com Rossana

    Very pretty spinning! I’m salivating over your Joy.

  • http://www.knittish.com Rossana

    Very pretty spinning! I’m salivating over your Joy.

  • http://clicketyclick.blogspot.com Anna

    Love the colours–kind of reminds me of going to the candy store as a kid. Very fun!

  • http://clicketyclick.blogspot.com Anna

    Love the colours–kind of reminds me of going to the candy store as a kid. Very fun!

  • Amelia

    Your pictures are always so pretty and the colours are just beautiful. Any plan as to what this yarn is going to be when it grows up?

  • http://jacqknits.typepad.com Jackie

    Beautiful colors! You could wind half off onto another bobbin and ply them together that way…I think. Of course the yarn is beautiful as is!

  • http://jacqknits.typepad.com Jackie

    Beautiful colors! You could wind half off onto another bobbin and ply them together that way…I think. Of course the yarn is beautiful as is!

  • Amelia

    Your pictures are always so pretty and the colours are just beautiful. Any plan as to what this yarn is going to be when it grows up?

  • http://yarngirl762.blogspot.com chris

    I ply from 2 ends of a ball frequently – I don’t have a problem with it being sloppy at all, as a matter of fact, I have some of my best balanced yarns plied that way. It looks very nice as is, indeed!

  • http://yarngirl762.blogspot.com chris

    I ply from 2 ends of a ball frequently – I don’t have a problem with it being sloppy at all, as a matter of fact, I have some of my best balanced yarns plied that way. It looks very nice as is, indeed!

  • Heidi

    Ooooh! The Woolee Winder working with an Ashford Joy? Oh Joy! I might just have to get one of those!

  • http://www.xtreme-knitting.com jen

    I don’t know anything about spinning, but I do know those are really pretty colours :)

  • http://www.xtreme-knitting.com jen

    I don’t know anything about spinning, but I do know those are really pretty colours :)

  • Judy

    Good idea to use the WW on the Joy. Don’t think about the Andean ply for this project. It’s more useful for spindle work. Insted, DO use the center pull ball. I do that all the time, it is no problem. Just make sure that you center pull from the proper side. Pull a little bit first and see how it works.

  • Heidi

    Ooooh! The Woolee Winder working with an Ashford Joy? Oh Joy! I might just have to get one of those!

  • monkeygravity

    The colours are so lovely you could make anything with them!! Wrist warmers, baby booties, fun scarves, socks or even a nice pair of earrings!! =)

  • monkeygravity

    The colours are so lovely you could make anything with them!! Wrist warmers, baby booties, fun scarves, socks or even a nice pair of earrings!! =)

  • Judy

    Good idea to use the WW on the Joy. Don’t think about the Andean ply for this project. It’s more useful for spindle work. Insted, DO use the center pull ball. I do that all the time, it is no problem. Just make sure that you center pull from the proper side. Pull a little bit first and see how it works.

  • Leeanne

    I found your blog through other knitting blogs. Your knitting is lovely and I enjoyed reading your descriptions and other occurances throughout the knitting process. From you photos is looks as though you live a very interesting life.
    Well done and a great blog.
    Leeanne

  • Leeanne

    I found your blog through other knitting blogs. Your knitting is lovely and I enjoyed reading your descriptions and other occurances throughout the knitting process. From you photos is looks as though you live a very interesting life.
    Well done and a great blog.
    Leeanne

  • Elise

    here’s a great link for andean plying. It has plain photos, written instructions, and video. I love to andean ply my yarns because it guarantees no leftovers on a bobbin. Good luck – you’re spinning looks wonderful.

  • Elise

    here’s a great link for andean plying. It has plain photos, written instructions, and video. I love to andean ply my yarns because it guarantees no leftovers on a bobbin. Good luck – you’re spinning looks wonderful.

  • http://cheapknitter.blogdrive.com/ Pioggia

    That’s a cute little wheel. And I like the winder idea too, its just incredibly neat!

  • http://cheapknitter.blogdrive.com/ Pioggia

    That’s a cute little wheel. And I like the winder idea too, its just incredibly neat!

  • http://www.enchantedewe.com Rose

    ooh ahh…. those are beautiful. I’m in the same boat with some multi colors that I dyed and am spinning. I will be interested in seeing what you end up doing with it.

  • http://www.enchantedewe.com Rose

    ooh ahh…. those are beautiful. I’m in the same boat with some multi colors that I dyed and am spinning. I will be interested in seeing what you end up doing with it.

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