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Friday, March 26, 2010

REGGAE ON THE RIVER - Handspun Yarn - Merino & Silk - 290 Yards

 Reggae on the River = SOLD! 3/27/10

I finally finished spinning up the Reggae on the River Merino/Silk roving last night. I spun this one nice and thin and then Navajo-plyed it to maintain the solid color runs better. If you recall the last Reggae on the River BFL roving that I spun two-ply, the colors got a bit "muddied" when I plyed them. Navajo plying (also called chain plying) plies the single thread of yarn back on itself and is repeated over and over and can therefore maintain the color definition better. I like the Navajo plyed version better than the standard two ply version of this colorway.

First, the roving before spinning.
After spinning into a singles (still on the spinning wheel)
Singles off the spinning wheel and into the Lazy Kate
Single has been Navajo-plyed back onto the spinning wheel
See how well the color definition stayed on the Navajo-plyed skein (above)?
Below is the standard two-ply skein of the same colorway.
And finally (below) the finished skein of Reggae on the River off the spinning wheel and steamed to set the twist. I love how this turned out!
This skein of yarn is now available in my Etsy store. I ended up with 290 yards and 4 ounces of 3-ply sport weight yarn with a wpi of 15.


Pricilla said...

Oh, it's so happy!

Ann said...

Oh I like it, so colorful. Reminds me of a box of crayons.

Lin said...

It's just so amazing how different it is after you are finished! I love the before and after photos.

Split Rock Ranch said...

Pricilla: It IS a happy bunch of colors, isn't it?!
Ann: You're right - I thought of crayons, too. In fact, I named a similar roving that I dyed Box of Crayons
Lin: I decided to post pics of the process so people would get a better idea of what is involved in spinning yarn.

tahtimbo said...

I am just amazed at how that turned out. I never knew what was involved before, so thank you for giving us a glimpse at the process.

BeadedTail said...

Beautiful colors - so vibrant! It was fun seeing the process too! Incredible!

Michelle said...

Thank you so much for your comment for our beloved Coco, It means so much really!
BTW your talent is incredible :)

Regina said...

Brenda...this is all the bright HAPPY colors!!!

RE Ausetkmt said...

Brenda Why Do You Call it Reggae on the River ?

Ruth said...

Beautiful yarn! I'd love to learn spinning myself.

RE I think she had said that Reggae on the River was the name of the roving she started with, if I remember right she bought it from another Etsy seller.

Split Rock Ranch said...

Tim: You're very welcome. I figured it was about time I did a post touching on the basics of spinning yarn.
BT: Thank you!
Michelle: You're welcome. I'm still bummed about Coco. Thank you for your kind words!
Regi: Thank you! Aren't they HAPPY colors?!
RE: I just kept the name of the roving that I spun it from although somebody suggested "Exploding Rainbow" for it and that would certainly fit!
Ruth: Thank you! You should give spinning a try - its addictive and so very relaxing after you get the hang of it. Thanks for letting RE know why I called it Reggae on the River!

Lenox Knits said...

Oh, it's already sold out and I can totally see why. It's so gorgeous and bold!