Monday, March 17, 2008

The Single Life

I'm referring here, of course, to spinning singles. Singles are yarns that have only one ply -- a single ply -- rather than being two- or three- or more ply yarns. The knitting worsted yarns that most of us grew up with were four-ply. Mostly in my spinning career I've been spinning two-ply yarns. Plying two singles together releases some of the overtwist that is inherent in singles, and it also makes a stronger yarn.

Two weeks ago during the spinning class I gave, I spun several single ply samples of fibers that I really like to use. After spinning, the samples were soaked in hot water, squeezed out, and hung to dry with some weight on them. And I'm quite happy with the way they turned out, so I think I'm going to focus more on spinning singles and weaving with those. It also takes half as long to spin singles as two-ply yarns, obviously!

The samples above, from the left, are bamboo, merino/tencel, merino/tussah silk, and tencel.

Last week I took a bit of time off from weaving to focus on some art business matters. Now I'm warping the loom again for another silk scarf of hand dyed, handspun silk, and I'm using a luscious variegated grape bombyx very fine two-ply yarn I made about a year ago. I'll upload a photo as soon as I can.


Sweet Irene said...

So you're back and ready for some weaving again after a little break from it.That was probably a good thing you did. It's nice to take a time out and reassess the main love of our life. Take a little step back and ponder it for a while.

I am going through a somewhat similar process myself right now, although circumstances are forcing it on me. I am not scared, as in the end I will do what is right for me. We women do take good care of ourselves, don't we?

Reassessment is a time for change or recommitment, either way it is good.

Connie Rose said...

Yes, I'm back at it, did a few inches on it last night, already. Rather than becoming overwhelmed by what I want to do, I'm going to try to do one project at a time. I need to remember that one lifetime is just not enough to do all the weaving I'd really like to do, so I can only do what I can do.

And today's another day for more!