So, today I plied the singles I’ve been spinning over the last couple of months.
I’d wound the yarn into balls for plying and it struck me that the cutlery basket of our old dishwasher would be a good place to put the balls to stop the yarn tangling or running away. It also turned out to be a good place to stand the spindle when I wound the yarn off onto my niddy-noddy!
Because my spinning got finer and more even as I went on, my final ball of singles (about 25g) turned out to be the same length as 40g of the 50g ball that was my first effort. My spindle wasn’t particularly happy about having 65g of yarn on it, I have to say, but it’s very pretty yarn.
I plied the remaining 10g of the 50g ball and the last 10g of the first half of the fibre with 15g of the second 25g ball (so you can see that my spinning was getting more even by the time I was halfway through). And then I had 10g left so I decided to Navajo ply it for practice.
I love the way the n-plying preserves the colour blocks rather than mixing them up. I may well do more of that in future.
Anyway, I think I have about 90m (or maybe even 100m) of the 2-ply yarn to play with. I’m thinking a cowl might be the best thing to try (Liz mentioned on Twitter that she had made a couple of Honey Cowls with a combination of handspun and commercial aran, which sounds like a very good idea). Anyone else got any great patterns for small amounts of uneven handspun?