Netherfield and Navaho

Introducing: February

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February is spun from 100% wool, dyed and sold by Creatively Dyed.  The above yarn was 2-plied and came to about 572 yards.  It was very close to sock weight after spinning, but did a lot of blooming after the bath and thwackfest. It’s probably DK/sport weight now. 

I did weigh this roving before spinning so I could divide it perfectly in half, and yet I still managed to have a boatload of single left on one bobbin when I was done.  That, combined with an inspirational photo of navajo plying on Ravelry made me decide to give this mysterious plying method a try. 

In Navajo plying, you work from only one bobbin.  Before, I’ve used 2 bobbins and plied the singles from them together, holding the two singles and trying to keep the tension nice and even as they twist together.  With Navajo plying, you work your singles through a series of large loops, very much like chain-stitching in crochet.  You end up with a 3 ply yarn.

So here is the remnant of February, my first attempt at Navajo plying:

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And here’s try #2, worked on a roving sample by Twisted Fiber Arts’ Meg, in the Ankh colorway.

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Here’s a picture of the two methods, side by side, from the same roving:

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I’m not sure my picture shows the difference well, but one fascinating aspect of Navajo plying is the ability to have more control over the colors that are coming together at one time.  When I’ve 2-plied, I’ve been at the mercy of whatever colors happen to be on the 2 spools at the time.  You get some combinations you might not choose, and many times, that’s a very interesting thing!  With Navajo plying, I can pull as much or as little off the spool through the loop as I like, meaning I can be more choosy about what colors go together.  It’s not as noticible with February, but you can really tell with Ankh, as that roving has fewer total colors, and they are dyed in pattern.  I was able to keep greens with greens and browns with browns, allowing for a nice transition between them.  One negative is that you end up with less total yardage in your finished skein (3 ply vs. 2 ply), but it certainly opens up new possibilities for plying!

And here’s the latest sock on the needles, Firestarter, using Twisted’s Netherfield (how cool of a name is that???):

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This is a side view of the sock…the cabling is on the sides of the toe, and the gusset is made by increasing the purled section between the cables.  Very cool.

HATATTACK update: 305 on the battle roster…

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7 thoughts on “Netherfield and Navaho

  1. Mrs. Heidmann

    I was telling my husband about your spinning and he asked how much length you get per ounce of fiber. I would bet there might be more than one answer to that, but can you sort of give me a range? 🙂 Thanks!

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  2. knitoneblogtwo Post author

    Nettie, it really depends! I just finished up another 4 oz, and got 232 yards (approx) from it. It is 2-plied. Navajo plied, it would be about 155 yards. I am getting longer yardages with more practice, as my spinning gets more even. Considering gauge and length, I think I’m getting more than enough yarn out of 4 oz to get a pair of socks, a hat, or a pair of mittens. The 8 oz I spun for Katie’s vest was way more than I needed for that project. Does that help at all?

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  3. Mrs. Heidmann

    YES!! Thanks very much for the info. I’ll let you in on a secret… I’m at the beginning stages of planning a sheep farm, and all my investigations began with you! 🙂 It may be years away from coming to fruition, but we’ve got the ranch land, so the first step is taken care of. I have much to research though…

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