Spinning, start ’em young!

Last night I started one of my last three goal-oriented spinning projects.  I started with this bump of Merino.

222 g of Merino!

222 g of Merino!

I divided it into two bumps.

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Half! On the first try!

Then I realized that before I could spin, I needed to take care of leftover singles on my bobbins!  I decided to ply them together, with the gold being the main color of one ply, and the others as… the other ply.  I ended up having to use lots of little bits of leftover singles, so it’s going to be a Crazy Yarn!

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It turned out that someone had trouble staying in bed last night and ended up getting to help Mommy with some plying.   

First we pedaled together.

 

 

 

 

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What works? TEAMwork!

Then she pedaled.

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Pedaling solo takes practice!!

Then she got to feed the yarn onto the bobbin.

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Plying is relaxing…

I’ll show you the Crazy Yarn soon!  I didn’t get around to skeining it today….  

After we finished the Crazy Yarn, I was able to spin half of my singles, which is amazing, considering that the original bump was almost 8 ounces!  This is where the advice of friends comes in: I talked to a spinning/knitting/sewing friend about not being too excited about this project (nearly 8 ounces of plain white….), and she advised me to spin it thicker than I usually do.  So that’s what I’m trying to do!  Thicker predrafting, some thick and thin areas, and it’s going fast!  I think it’ll also be nice to end up with a different weight of yarn than I usually spin. Then I get to dye it….?

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