Getting the hang of it!

I’ve been practising how to do an andean plying bracelet after my first disastrous attempt and I think I finally got it! The last two times I did it it went without a hitch and the last time I didn’t even have to look up instructions on how to do it.

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I think the reason that I had so much trouble with this originally is that I spin left handed and the only instruction that I could find were for right handed people so in the process of trying to mirror them I messed it up the pattern. Along with finally getting the wrapping pattern right, I also figured out how to pause and take the bracelet off so I don’t have to ply all in one sitting.

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It’s quite a bad picture but it does show how I keep the bracelet from collapsing and getting tangled. And yes that is a half finished handspun sock from the blue and gold fibre I was spinning. (I really need to write a blog post about those soon, I’ve found some very interesting things in knitting them already, maybe I will do that later this week).

I think that sometime I would like to make a tutorial on how to do it left handed for all those people out there like me who learned how to spin a bit differently than most other people but I think that it will have to wait for a less crazy busy time, maybe after Christmas.

Another thing that I think I’m starting to get the hang of is carding rolags with hand cards. The top plying bracelet is a merino and mohair blend that I made myself (I didn’t measure anything just had some fun with it) and the bottom bracelet is from just the mohair that was used for the first one.

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This is one of the rolags I made for the second plying bracelet, I somehow forgot to take any pictures of the first ones. It’s really too bad because they looked quite cool, almost like clouds with the sky peaking through.

I’ve found that I quite like spinning with rolags actually, I think it has something to do with how I spin in a fairly woollen fashion naturally and this just goes well with that style. I really like how easily these draft and how not fiddly they are, usually when I spin from combed top I have all sorts of problems with the fibre being reluctant to draft across the top and instead going around in circles which is especially annoying when you are spinning a multicoloured yarn because you get all sorts of odd colour transitions. I think that I want to try carding a whole braid into rolags sometime soon, I think it might be very successful at keeping colours separate and having smoother transitions between colours.

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