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Crete, Greece
Married to the lovely Geoffrey, my soulmate. I have two fantastic big kids,both married, whom I love and miss every day I'm not with them, but I know they're living and loving their lives and we make up for time when we get together.I now have three granddaughters too...

Monday, 21 October 2013

Spinning, Plying.....FO. WIP, and, umm, Something Else....

It's been a bit warm to spin with my drop spindle over the last few months..but that doesn't mean I've forgotten about it.
I'd just like to show you my progress.
Above, is my first completed attempt...hmm....

Above, is the next attempt that was completed, you can see I'm having trouble with my plying....
(anybody got suggestions of where I'm going wrong?)

Above is my very latest attempt...I admit, I'm much happier with this.

The latest attempts of spinning are much neater and consistant, I'll have to wait and see what it looks like when plyed etc..
I've read books, watched videos and practiced and I'm hoping if anybody has any suggestions about plying please leave me a comment.
How do you ply?

Right, on to some knittery
below, is a completed scarf.
The pattern is here
The stitch was easy and, I think is very effective. It produced a lovely dense, woven feel.
The yarn was bought back from New Zealand by my son a couple of years ago....it has 75% Merino,15% Alpaca and 10% Possum and feels incredibly warm. The maker is Karamea.

my work in progress...
the wonderful Viajante....
I'm just about to start my third (and last)100gram ball of Regia Lace.
It's so long and very difficult to photograph.
I'm enjoying this easy knit and am looking forward to wearing it soon (hopefully!!)

And lastly....
my cardigan...
don't ask...
Hope you've enjoyed this catch-up
Have you any words of wisdom about drop spindle spinning?
Or plying?
Have you got any projects tucked away that you can't face??
Tell me, tell me!!
Take care
I’m linking up with Sarah’s Spinning Show & Tell.

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Sarah ~ Crafts from the Cwtch said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous knitting! The spinning - well, I'm no expert, but my solution would be to put a lot more twist in when you ply. Try that and see how you get on.

If you link this up to Spinning Show & Tell tomorrow, you may get comments from more experienced spinners.... .

Clare Wassermann said...

Nice to see you here again. I love that scarf...perhaps even I could manage that!

Alicia said...

I'd also suggest making sure your spinning the spindle in the right direction when you ply! For plying you should be spinning it in the opposite direction from how you spun the singles.

Rachel said...

These are really nice.. I remember Mrs Weasley and the sweatshirts and scarves she weaved for her kids and Harry and Hermoine as well. I think I won't feel any coldness if I wear your scarf. :)

Mandy Indonesia said...

Im glad to read you again.I really like your article. Thanks for this post.
Best for you Buddy!

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