Monday 10/24/2011, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10/25/2011, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Plying Clinic with Merike Saarniit
You’ve got some fabulous fiber. You have spun some gorgeous singles. Now for the plying. How much twist? How many plies? What happens if the singles have been on the bobbins for weeks (months, years)? What happens if you finally ply the yarn, wash it, let it dry and the skein twists around itself? Is it doomed?
In two days, you’ll find the solutions to your plying questions. The solutions are neither mysterious nor do they involve counting or complex equations.
A great yarn for a specific project does begin with the singles, but the ultimate success depends on the plying. Durable sock yarns, lofty yarns perfect for fulling, yarns showing off spectacular color repeats are a few of the plying samplings we’ll cover in class. And, of course, we’ll find how to start the ultimately successful plied yarns with the appropriate singles.
The most important consideration and least understood element in plying is plying for a balanced yarn. That is, yarn that will not skew your knitting. This applies to 2-, 3-, or more plies and textured yarns such as boucles, garneted, knot yarns, and core-spun yarns. Whether your singles have been sitting on your bobbins for a week or a year, a balanced plied yarn is possible, even with singles with differing amounts of twist.
Materials fee: $25 for a large sampling of assorted fibers including (but not limited to) silks, cashmere, assorted wool preparations, mohair, angora, blends, etc .
A wheel in good working condition; spinning wheel accessories basket including at least a spare drive band, oil, orifice hook (if you use one), and any spare parts for your wheel as you deem necessary; 4 bobbins (empty, or at least no more than half full); a kate (preferably capable of holding at least 3 bobbins, but not critical); a terry cloth towel; a niddy-noddy (1– or 2-yard) or skeinwinder (not a swift); a ball winder; needles and/or crochet hooks for swatching handspun yarns
Optional: Hand cards; spinning apron (light on one side, dark on the other); your favorite spinning accessories; skein(s) of your plied handspun (especially “problem” ones) that can serve as learning opportunities for all, we may even demo how to salvage them; fibers you own and want to experiment with.
NOTE: experienced spindle spinners without wheels are welcome in this class; however, please note that some techniques apply specifically to wheels. If coming without a wheel, please bring the following: four spindles of approximately the same weight (ideally around 1.5oz) (I’ll have plenty extra if you don’t have four); a spindles kate (if you don’t have one, make one from a shoe box); a ball winder.