A Spinning Treat!
Judith told me that she liked most colours except yellow. She didn’t mind a bit of yellow, but not ALL yellow. Having met Judith last November for the premier of the Tell Them of Us film, I knew how she tended to dress, and her skin colour.
There weren’t two lots of the same fibre in the colours I was after, so I got two different ones, both on the same fibre base (Polworth). Both had the blue and the green, but one had the orange and the other a khaki green. When they came they both looked gorgeous and felt gorgeous!
I had already decided to spin each braid on a separate bobbin, and then to ply the bobbins, but I wasn’t sure how I would split the top before pre-drafting it. In the end I decided to pull each braid in half lengthways, then each half in half again. So I was working with 4 pieces. If one end of the top is A and the other end is B, I span the first A-to-B, the second B-to-A, etc.
The fibre was very easy to draft. I wanted a slightly thick-and-thin yarn of about worsted weight. Each 100g fitted nicely on to one of my Bliss bobbins.
I plied as a standard 2 ply. As one bobbin was spun a week before the other, I did bathe-test ‘yards’ in warm water to relax the twist before working out the amount of twist needed for a balanced yarn. (But no, I didn’t take a pic!!) One bobbin ended up with a slightly longer length that the other, but not enough to do anything about.
Once plied, it appeared to be a bit over plied…..
… but once it was dry, it was perfectly balanced.
The two skins were then packed off to Judith! Fortunately she liked them, made the skeins into cakes straight away, and then swatched.
She is going to make a cabled hat. Hopefully she will let us see it when finished!