Sunday, February 17, 2013


The first bobbin of BFL/Silk in Elven Woods is done.  I spun the red section first. Now I had to figure out how to ply it-which meant I had to split the singles in equal halves.

 This was much easier said than done as I had to rewind it all onto a paper tube so I could weigh it on my itty bitty scale.

Silly me. I thought all I had to do was to wind it all on one tube, weigh it and then halve it and wind that half onto another tube. Nope. It clearly didn't work that way.

I had to weigh the tube first, then subtract that amount from the total and then halve that and then add the weight of the second tube to get the correct amount on each. Whew.

What that really meant was a whole lot of transferring of the singles to different tubes. All day. The singles were getting cranky and so was I. I can't believe I didn't break them.

After I decided that I had it right, it took me a long time to work up the courage to cut each side free.

 Then they still had to be put back onto to bobbins for plying. It's a good thing for them that I really playing with my handspun or the whole mess would have been in the trash by now.

After plying I had a nice little skein of red. So how much waste was there?

 Hardly any. Now I only hope I can remember how I did this when it comes time to do the purple and green sections.


  1. Hello! Greetings from the Czech Republic. I´m interested in your spinning. I like all blogs about processing wool. It is big school and inspiration for me. Today I see your blog about plying with interest. I usually do it like that, I rewind it all on one tube. Then I take it down from the tube and ply both ends of the tread, one of the middle ball and one of outside. I haven´t got any remain. I have got an old wheel with only one bobbin. So I have to do it in this way.
    Sorry for my bad English, it´s quite hard to couch for me what I want to say.
    Have a nice day!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment! I ply the way you do from time to time but I am not brave enough to do with anything more than a small amount. I think I even made a You Tube video of me doing it that way a while ago.

  2. Such fine spinning! It's beautiful.

  3. I agree. That's some very fine spinning! Very clever way to get around having left over singles.