I'm getting closer...
I even bought a brooch... by Leigh Coombes of http://www.leighcoombespottery.co.uk/
I finished plying back on the 5th of November... now I have to Navajo ply.
Tip: Spinning Life Lines. Ok, so we've all done it... we've been spinning super fine and the single ply has broken and going to the bobbin you can't for the life of you find the broken end! How frustrating!! I picked this tip up watching either The Knit Girllls, Round the Twist or Knitting in Circles, I can't remember which... anyhoo, the idea is that you take a small piece of paper and pop it under the ply before the last few circumferences of spinning you do before you pack up for the day. This way when you start you can easily see where you left off... it also helps if you have a break a little further along, because if the worst happens you will only loose a small proportion of your spun singles when cutting to find an end (and unfortunately as a last resort it can come to that). Some people use this life line continuously through out their spinning of each bobbin, so the bobbin has lots of life lines in it come the end. The idea is when you ply these will fall out naturally as you spin. I haven't tried that yet, but it might be worth it if I have something expensive and fine on the wheel.
Now there was some discussion of Facebook about Navajo ply being a weaker finished yarn, possibly not strong enough for garment knitting... well in my opinion, yes there could be some element of concern if I were planning to knit, say a jumper because it requires a yarn with good tensile strength for longevity of wear... thing of all of those arm movements and such wearing on your yarn. In a Navajo plied yarn there could be weaker points where the chain joins are. In that case I would have gone for a standard two or three ply... not having those weaker points it would be a stronger option for the job.
However, my starting fibre was only 80g, so whilst the singles look like they could be 300-400m on the bobbin, I'm expecting to achieve a third of that once I have chain plied. So this will be an accessory. In this case a Navajo ply should be fine and it will give me the progressive colour that the wool fibre started with.
What are your thoughts on Navajo ply vs. standard two or three plies?
Have a wonderful day... Sara x