Monday, August 29, 2005

plying practice

It's not the best yarn. It's not the most perfect plying job. But ya know? It's plied and it doesn't look bad at all. I'll be using it for a set of yarn dreads anyway, so doesn't particularly matter if it's perfectly balanced for knitting. Wish the colors were more true. It's a deep blue plied with a scarlet/purple, so really nifty color variations going on.


Siel said...

I love the little pink "in progress" bars! Are they new, or have I been clueless until now?

Feeling especially clueless because I have no idea what plying is or why one would ply. And I consider(ed) myself a serious knitter!

Unrelatedly -- I've finally added you to my links -- I thought I'd done this a long time ago, but discovered while procrastinating today that no, I had not.

Hope the efflexor troubles are over --

Will Pillage For Yarn said...

Effexor is still hell, just trying not to make such a big deal about it here, you know? The more "normal" I act, then the more I get done.

Plying is pretty simple. You've heard the term 2 ply yarn, 4 ply yarn, etc. When you spin, you spin one strand of yarn, and that is called a single. You can ply singles together, which is basically causing them to wrap around each other. I can ply 2 strands and 3 (navajo style) but it's not perfect. There's kindof a knack to it so that hte yarn is balanced and it won't pull your stitches all over the place. I'm getting better, but it's not always quite right.