(This blog entry brought to you by that rarely seen Spice Girl, Autumn Spice)
I just barely started spinning. Yesterday, I plied my first yarn, however, it twists on itself. How do you suggest taking the twist off–I guess, how do I balance it before winding it into a ball?
Here’s what I do.
Here is the Autumn Spice, freshly plied.
I wind it off:
Tie it in a few places to make a skein:
It’s pretty well balanced, as you can see — it’s not twisting on itself.
Time out for an extreme close-up!
Mmmmmmm . . . yarn . . .
Anyhow, back to the subject at hand.
Even though this skein is pretty well-balanced, I still give it a bath to set the twist.
Here’s Autumn Spice, relaxing in her bubble bath:
That’s warm water with wool wash in it (I’ve used Kookaburra Woolwash).
I rinse the skein in warm water, then gently squeeze out the excess water. Then I hang it on a hanger:
At the bottom, I’ve looped some “s” hooks through the yarn to weight it and set the twist:
“S” hooks are available at the hardware store and make great skein weights. Let the skein dry — I usually turn it halfway through the drying and reweight it in a new position.
Then presto-chango, you end up with nice dry, balanced yarn.
Thank you to the anonymous person who arranged to send me this:
This is a shawl pin, from Designs By Romi — isn’t it lovely? She’s got lots of beautiful pins on her site — the perfect holiday gift for the shawl-wearer on your list.
Lucy is having a nap so she’ll be wide-awake and the life of the party later this evening when my knitting group arrives.