This post connects with the YST podcast, episode 90. I talk all about the why and hows of plying (and playing) with the concept of plying a hand spun single with different commercial yarns.
I have found that the blogger app for the iPad is wonderful for posting photos, but not so handy to then put text with them. So I do the work around by posting the photos then using my desktop when I have the time to edit in the text.
How I decided to even do this spinning experiment is another blog post (coming soon, when I finish a certain yarn). Once it had snowballed into the large, 'let's try this yarn, and this, and this' project, I knew I had to start with lots of a hand spun single. I decided to go with a white/light color so the actual wraps of the ply twist would be highly visible. That certainly came true, as you will see in my yards and yards of striped yarn.
I had purchased fiber from a local fiber producer here in Kentucky called Wandering Ewe Farms.
They raise Clun Forest and Border Leicester sheep and have their own mini mill to process their sheep fiber. This first photo shows one of the bumps of fiber I bought from them. It looks white but actually has very pale pastels in the blend. I don't know if it is one of the specific breeds or a blend of both. I do know that it is the first time I had ever purchased a bump of fiber packaged this way. That is one long tube of paper that the roving is wrapped around. The roving was even and pretty thin, I did no predrafting before I spun the single.
I am not going into details about each yarn in this post, I covered all that in the podcast. And although at first I thought I would keep each skein intact, I have since decided to cut each yarn separately, and then cut those skeins in half, and wash half. The goal is to get a before and after washing of each plying yarn, to see how washing affects the final yarn.