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04 May 2007 @ 01:25 pm
Plying problem  
In an apparent attempt to prove that I shouldn't ply before coffee, I somehow managed to ply up an entire bobbin in the same direction as it was spun. Would sending it back through the wheel in the correct (opposite) direction have a prayer of working? If not, is there any possible use for the two-ply? It wasn't for anything in particular, but this is really frustrating ;/.


On the theory that I didn't have much to lose, I ran it back through the wheel. I have plying difficulties still, so I half expected it to end up a twisted, tangled mess, and was pleasantly surprised! My usual plying method is to keep my hands about the same distance apart as when spinning, maybe a bit more, and treadle half as many times before winding on. I figured keeping my hands that close would make this harder, so I used a different method. I kept my hands very far apart, pinching with both. I treadled several times, then released the fiber with the hand nearest the orifice, at which point it 'unplyed' (which was oddly fascinating to watch). I then continued treadling, pinching and releasing to let twist in, and let it wind on when it 'looked right'. I only had difficulties when I encountered areas where it broke and was spliced (and the unusual # of breaks should have clued me in I was doing something wrong in the first place!); I managed to resplice each time, but it was messy. Since the singles were relatively fresh I'm hopeful it will be at least reasonably balanced after being rinsed and set. Though at this point I'm just relieved to have something resembling yarn!
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Vespervesper2000 on May 4th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you should be able to just put it back through the wheel the "right" way, assuming your single has enough twist and it isn't a real grabby, fuzzy fiber.
Serenya and Loredenaserenya_loreden on May 4th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
I think/hope! that the singles probably have enough twist. One was an 80/20 wool/mohair blend, I think the other is just wool. So a bit fuzzy, but I smooth when spinning (woolen?) which minimizes the fuzz. I might as well give it a shot, what's the worst that can happen, right?