Ever since I saw the resurgence of blending boards as being “a thing” I’ve been interested in trying some fiber blended on a board. I wasn’t really convinced it would be a lovely experience. I wasn’t sure of the point of it, though it was intriguing and I was curious to know what yarn spun from them would be like.
I think I get it now. I’ve got some rolags from dyeabolical and spinning them is a dream! A great deal of fun! These that I have (and please forgive them for being jumbley, they were dropped, it happens, they don’t spin any worse for it!) work super well on a support spindle.
I finished up the singles from the corgi hill batts. I planned to continue on the saxon, but it has been a super busy week at work and at home. I was so tired and I had a bunch of chores, and so when I did get a chance to settle down, the newness of the rolags called to me and I couldn’t resist trying them.
I am not sure I’ll have much time for spinning this evening either. And I know I’ve got some other stuff to get done before I can ply the corgi hill batts. But once I do have time again, probably this weekend, I think we are going to see a bunch of yarn all at once from me!
In knitting news, I am quite excited to report that I picked up a 2 colored shawl I had set aside for awhile, figured out where I went wrong, and am well on my way to finishing. This is pretty exciting for me since I haven’t really been doing much in the way of knitting lately.
Now for the question of the day. You know, I was struck by the fact that not one, but two people suggested chain plying that caramel colored saxon wool. The reason it struck me is because I don’t generally consider chain plying at all unless I am trying to preserve color changes or make stripes, or too lazy to figure out what I want to do about color changes before I start spinning. Being that chain plying makes a weaker yarn, I am not sure what the advantage there would be? Also, I’ve always heard that chain plying “eats” singles. Now, I am not sure if that is in comparison to a 2 ply or in comparison to a traditional 3 ply, though I suppose this would depend on how long you made your chains. So I am curious, what are your reasons for choosing to chain ply over other plying methods? And do you choose chain plying for wool that is all the same color? If so, why?