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( Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:22 am)
For my thing yesterday, I taught myself how to navajo-ply a single into a three ply worsted weight yarn...

I'm not sure I'll use this method all that often, as I'm not sure I like the little knobs created by the joins:


Nonetheless, it's a useful skill to have in my string-handling arsenal, as it allows a girl to make a three-ply yarn off of only one spool... It requires half the spools that a normal 3 ply yarn would require... Here is my end result:


I had a devil of a time with my first skein of this type - my wheel was making the most horrendous screeching noises and jolting, which was creating tangles and slubs all over the place. I eventually gave up and took my wheel apart, and covered every metal piece in it (and myself) with a good portion of cooking oil. Re-assembled, it ran much more smoothly and what had been a slow, maddening, messy process became smooth like butter.

So, the lesson in this and the loom incident is that I need to remember to maintain my equipment better... Just because it's made of wood and metal doesn't mean that it doesn't need attention every now and again...
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