Back On The Wheel
It took me a wee while to get back to spinning. After such a big move it’s taken me a bit to find my rhythm and actually, I’m still working that out. Initially, spinning just wasn’t fitting into my day to day life. Then, like with most things, one day I started. No planning, no forcing myself to sit down, just boom! I just grabbed my fibre and got going. 

I’m not sure why I operate like that. At least these days I recognise that’s “how I roll” (as my kids would say) so I try not to stress out too much that I’m not getting around to stuff. I’ll know I’ll get there eventually and when I do I’ll be swept away and go like the wind. But can I tell when it might happen? No. All I know is that eventually it will happen. 

Back On The Wheel
I decided to start on this greeny/blue merino because it wasn’t my favourite and I was happy to sacrifice it to a “getting back on the wheel” sort of spin.

Needless to say, it started out a bit thick then thin and over-spun then under-spun, but as I spun a little at a time over quite a few weeks, I slowly got back into my groove. So much so that now I’m finding it very tempting to ignore other things I should be doing and instead have a little sit at my wheel and enjoy some relaxed spinning.

Back On The Wheel
Funnily enough, even though I wasn’t really in love with the fibre, I am liking the end yarn. Well, I’m liking the bits that haven’t gotten muddy brown as the colours merge into one another. I’m plying two singles together to make a two ply and I’m happy with the barber-poling and the patches where the colours have stayed fairly vibrant but the gunky colours are a bit frustrating. 

Last year I bought and really enjoyed Felicia Lo’s (SweetGeorgia yarns) Craftsy class on spinning dyed fibres but I haven’t really put anything I learnt there into practice for this first spin back on my wheel. She talks about different ways to combine colours, create colours, get different colour effects and of course, how not to make muddy brown yarn. If you’re a keen spinner but want to broaden your horizons a little, you might enjoy this class too. I think it might be on sale at the moment?

Anyway, for my next spinning project I’m planning on trying navajo plying or chain plying my singles instead of plying two (or three) together. Chain plying is a way to make a three ply yarn from just one single yarn. I am slightly nervous about the whole thing as it seems to involve some crazy tricky hand coordination but I’m determined to give it a go. I think it is sort of like crocheting a chain with your hand? I’ll report back after I figure it out. Are any of you fluent in Navajo plying? Do you have any tips for me?

My first challenge will be to work out if I am a left hand or right hand “plyer” and then interpret the instructions to suit me. It turns out I spin left handed – did you know there was a difference? I hold the fibre out to my left, feed the fibre in with my right hand and hold the twist from rushing away into my fibre with my left hand. You might have to close your eyes and pretend to spin to work out which you are. Or if you’re like me, you might have to go sit at your wheel to see!
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