Dragon Yarn – all spun and ready to ply

I’m thrilled to say I’ve spun the singles of the Dragon Yarn and it’s ready for my first attempt at Navajo Plying! This is a bit of a new project which has been on Instagram and Twitter before, but I don’t believe I’ve talked about it on the blog yet, so bear with me if you know some of this stuff already. It has been mentioned in passing on the podcast.

Dragon Yarn

I bought the roving for this yarn from Hulu in September. I was drawn by the way the purples, pinks and blues blended into each other, and knew it had to be mine when I saw it! The fibre company is Manos del Uruguay, and the colourway I purchased was 8931 Wildflowers. You get 100 grams, and it is pure, fine, 100% gorgeous merino that has been handpainted.

The roving (screen grab from HuluCrafts.co.uk)
The roving (screen grab from HuluCrafts.co.uk)

It reminded me of a dragon I painted as a teenager, which I unfortunately no longer have – hence the name. I started spinning it on a Lacis drop spindle at Knit and Stitch, which I also bought from Hulu for £11.95. Unfortunately, this spindle and I did not get on very well – the whorl was far too heavy for the weight of yarn I wanted to spin, and I undid it all as soon as I got home and back to my wheel!

I have kept the spindle and am sure it will find a home with some other project soon.

Fast forward to this January and my resolution to do ten minutes of spinning every day. It took me just three days to finish all of the roving – and I’m incredibly thrilled with it! I’m going to be navajo plying to ensure the gradient comes out as it is dyed. I don’t know what yardage I will end up with, but hopefully enough for a cowl.

One very full bobbin of Dragon Yarn singles.
One very full bobbin of Dragon Yarn singles.
Bobbin waiting and being an ornament on the mantelpiece!
Bobbin waiting and being an ornament on the mantelpiece!

Navajo plying is a new technique to me, and I’m using the below video to learn how to do it. She recommends waiting at least a week after you have spun the single to let the twist relax a bit – so I’m impatiently waiting, and continuing on with Follow Me Down Cousin Jack in the meantime. Just in case you don’t know what navajo plying is, and don’t want to watch the video, it’s a method of plying a single together so that you end up with a three-ply yarn which follows any gradients that your single may have.

I should end up with a yarn that has the colour changes of my single, so the ‘dragon’ effect that I like so much is not lost.

I’ve been documenting some of my spinning on YouTube via the medium of time-lapse photography. You can find those on my channel here.

I’ll let you know how the plying goes!

Much love,

Corrie xx

I have posted links to products on the Hulu Crafts online store – I have not been asked to do this, but am merely friends with the owner and believe in supporting smaller companies! No gain is made from the sharing of this information.

« Previous
Next »
This entry was posted in Projects, Spinning and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Dragon Yarn – all spun and ready to ply

  1. Monica says:

    The roving and singles are amazing! I have spun Malabrifo fiber before and loved it. this video helped me to understand and learn N-ply:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JmlwtojLXI8

    good luck!

  2. Alicia says:

    You definitely don’t need to wait a week! I’ve plied right afterwards. Too much active twist can be annoying, but if you have a tensioned lazy kate it makes it much easier to deal with.

    • Corrie Berry says:

      Thank you for the thoughts – I don’t have a tensioned lazy kate! I’ve put the singles away now, my stash is really hard to access so I’ll get it out the next time I dig through!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.