We'll start with talking about the singles. I first spun up two singles of brown Merino clockwise or with a Z twist. Which by the definition found on this site means "This is twist that is inserted into the fibers when the drive wheel is spinning to the right or clockwise" To view a picture of detailing this click here. I then over twisted it by running it back through the wheel clockwise to make sure there was lots of twist. This is requires when it comes to cable plying yarn. I also spun up a single of white Cormo and a single of white Corriedale.
|2 brown merino singles, 1 cormo, and 1 corriedale|
After making sure these have plenty of twist, I plied together the two brown singles the opposite direction, counter clockwise or S twist and plied the two white singles together as well. The S twist is the opposite of the Z twist where when the twist is added to the fibers when the drive wheel is spinning to the left or counter clockwise. We will call these the original plies.
|Brown Merino original ply|
|Under twisted original plies, over twisted yarn|
|Successful, cable plied yarn!|
I was originally hoping to be done with all the plying before heading off this weekend to the Florida Fiber In with Manda, but I just wasn't able to finish. So, I'm bringing all my bobbins, some singles left to ply, and the other original plies with me so I can finish the rest of the yarn. I am really hoping to have about 600 yards when I'm done so I can make the Lady Kina with this yarn but we'll see. I'll let you know after the weekend.
Speaking of weekend, Manda and I are leaving to Orlando as soon as I get of work on Friday and we'll be in Orlando at the Florida Fiber In until Sunday! I'm looking forward to meeting new people, and all the fibery goodness in store for us this weekend! I plan to get lots of pictures and some audio to share! So, look forward to that!
Have a great weekend! Happy Spinning and Fibery Fun!