|Navajo Plied spun single|
I have a confession - I love to spin but I hate to ply. Well, hate is such a strong word. It would be more accurate to say traditional plying is a source of frustration for me - the coordination required for a beautifully balanced handspun plied yarn is beyond me. I've tried (not often I admit) but I usually end up with one bobbin spinning a little too freely and what follows is a cloud of expletives while yet another "art yarn" gets wrapped into a skein.
Terribly frustrating until I found Sarah Anderson's video on Youtube. (I just love Youtube - you can find anything on there)
Have you been to the Knittyspin site yet? If not, make your first visit by reading Lee Juvan's article "Navajo Plying: Spinner's Glossary" (Knittyspin.com, Issue 32, First Fall 2010)
The Navajo ply method is an excellent choice for your multi-colored hand painted rovings if you want to keep your colorways nice and even. For me it is a way to finally finish my spinning in a frustratioon free environment.