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Sunday, 19 September 2010

The search for the perfect partner!

Well having sorted, carded and spun my fibre sandwich, I now have to decide what to do about plying. I'm not the only one. Knitspingirl is having similar problems!

Anyway, here is my lovely bobbin full of colour.


There are a number of options for my plying dilemma that don't use another yarn. I could just use the yarn asis. If I wash it and hang it, the kinks will lose their bite, or I could use it, kinks and all. I could also navajo ply, which would create a three ply yarn by itself and the colours would remain distinct. But I'm looking at making a hat with this yarn and for reasons of frugality, I want a thicker yarn with length to ensure my hat has enough yarn. I can't have too much, but I can have too little.

So my options are to ply it with something. Here they are:

- the neverending purple, but this works better with a yarn with more indefinite colour

- the crazy multi colour yarn, that is too green

- the fine wool cream boucle, which will show up a bit too much

There are a number of other options, but they take time and I need to get on with making shawls for my summer markets. What to do??.........

5 comments:

Textile Tragic said...

what about a fine black? do you have one?

Leonie said...

Can't help, sorry. No idea how any of it would ply together!

Spinayarn99 said...

I usually ply with black, very rarely use white/cream. I am now going to make a mini sandwich which I will ply with purple.

Knitspingirl said...

I'll leave my vote for a fine black too. I thought about using black for mine, but I hadn't used purple before & wanted to try it. I've used white/cream before, but find it tends to wash out the colours. Good luck!

Moorecat said...

Can you dye the boucle? Maybe a subtle green? Think about foliage supporting flowers without getting in the way...

Also grey would melt into the background without obscuring the other (brighter) colours, wouldn't it?

Yes, it is strange how I like grey ;D