It’s a small step, but I moved my free Mellifont Cowl off of Ravelry and to this website. I loved Ravelry and everything it has done. Unfortunately I am one of the people who get eyestrain and migraines from using the site. I’ve mostly mitigated that by changing to dark mode, but the fact that every individual user has to do that is a real problem, particularly from a site known for inclusion.
Turns out, plying yarn is WAY harder than spinning it in the first place.
It doesn’t help that the first bit is the best practiced end of the bobbin. And as you go on you move towards the bits you did as a newer spinner and they’re super wobbly and thick-and-thin. But I kept going. And got two bobbins worth of 2-ply.
The husband and I dug through the garage and came up with some wood for a last minute niddy noddy. Which I wound the yarn on. It’s a 18″ niddy noddy. Which I made 22 wraps on. So 1584″ or 44 yards. I tied it off and am soaking it, per this blog.
Not sure what I can make with 44 yards, though I’ll check Ravelry, filtering, of course, for…Aran? I mean, it’s Aran in parts and maybe Sport in others. I’ll let you know.
With the advent of the EEW Nano 1.1 this spring, the Nano 1.0 dropped in price to a place where it was within my budget. After drop spindling for most of shelter-in-place, it seemed like a logical and cost-effective upgrade.
So far it’s been a pretty good learn. My first bobbin is so-so, and the Big Little’s bobbin is looking good.
And as things move along, of course we are already looking at modding the thing. One of the first things I want is a bobbin with a hole so I don’t have to tape the lead yarn. That feels a bit ridiculous. Plus, I can put my name on it. I’m also curious about changing the tension wires, having an orifice reducer with a wrap for the loose fiber, and maybe a tensioner knob.
It may not seem like it since I haven’t been blogging, but I have been playing with yarn. Both crochet and knit. Definitely on a small scale. It just feels more manageable in a world that has gone a little kooky.