She Don’t Use Jelly – adventures in spinning

I’ve always been fascinated by those braids of roving (top? I don’t know the difference, I’m gonna call it roving) that are dyed all crazy. To me they kind of look like a clown dropped a bunch of acid and decided it would be a good idea to go see the Flaming Lips. He couldn’t handle it, so he barfed. I’ve always wanted to see for myself what those crazy rovings would spin into. So, I decided to go for it.

I found this roving on Etsy. I’m a sucker for blue and orange and the purple was nice too, so I got it





I started by ripping it in to foot long sections, then ripping those sections in half. That way each bobbin that I spun would have the same (ish) amount of fiber and the same (ish) color distribution. Theoretically.



I started to spin. This picture is all arty and taken with the hipstematic app. I really liked what I was getting. The chunks and the variegation were quite nice.





Soon it was all spun up and ready to go. And apparently it was in space because that picture is upside down.

At this point, still in love with the results. Very excited to see what would happen…

I waited the day or two that the internet told me I needed to and I started to ply.

What did I get? A great big ole snoozefest. Colors that were once vibrant and alive became dull and muted. I was pretty disappointed. I decided to stop for a bit. Then it came to me, could I un-ply the yarn and start all over? A quick Ravelry search told me I could!


So, this is me (Jane) barefoot and in the living room trying to un-ply the yarn. What you have to do it unwind a few feet of yarn, then stick a cable needle in the bobbin to hold it in place and keep it from unwinding more. Then you have to hold your arms apart like that and pull and watch the bobbin (down by my feet) spin and spin and unwind your plying. If you pull off too much yarn, you have to stand on a footstool. You wind your singles back on to the bobbins in your hands as you go. It’s quite arduous, but only took about 2 episodes of Adventure Time (which is a cartoon I will recommend to you right now).

Again, we wait a few days to let twists settle into the new bobbins. Or because I went out of town and left them sitting by their lonesome at home.

I watched this video on Navajo Plying on you tube and felt confident enough to give it a whirl.


Two more episodes of Adventure Time later this is what I wound up with! The Navajo Plying makes it a three ply yarn, so it’s worsted-ish and I have about 112 yards.

Now! What do I make with it? Make a suggestion!

New episode by the end of the week! Stay tuned!


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