Thursday, March 12, 2009
Midnight Madness [Scarf 24]
Ever have one of those nights when you just can't seem to go to bed, never mind to sleep? When you stay up so late that you get too tired to go to sleep, and then you wind up doing really improbable things? That was me last night, which is why at 3:00 aye em I was suddenly inspired to do something I've thought about vaguely from time to time, mostly in the context of "Yeah, that's possible but I'm sure never going to do it..."
The "it" in question was taking two commercial yarns and plying them together to make a heavier one. Actually, I started first with four strands of 2/8, two cotton and two acrylic, and plied those together into an 8/8. I only did a little bit but it worked okay, so then I took two strands of 2/8, each of which was a colour that I thought would work well on Warp 7, and plied them into the ball of "4/8" you see above. I didn't want to overspin them too much so they're not plied together very tightly; even at that they still kink back on themselves. I'm hoping the overtwist might do something funky when the scarf is washed. :)
Turns out I didn't wind very much of it - I just decided around 4:00 that I was done for the night, thankyouverymuch, and skeined the little bit that I had. When I wound my miniskein into a ball this morning, it weight 19 grams. Not really enough for a scarf but I figured I'd just see how long it turned out. Answer is: 50" exactly. Too short for a scarf but kinda long for a scarflette, so now I'm thinking I might cut a piece off one end to make a little knot/wrapper out of and turn the rest into a scarflette of some description.
The length might've been shorter than I'd hoped for but I was pretty happy with the colour and even with the amount of twist in the weft once it was woven. :) It's just possible I might try this plying business again - but hopefully not in the middle of the night!
Here are the pics of my hand plied mini-scarf:
See you tomorrow for Guest Scarfa #2 by Margaret Thorson of Waldron Island, Washington!