Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Considering that a NEWT is a 4-month project, I'm pleased that I've completed another one, successfully! This one, for the Harry Potter game on Ravelry, was a combo of Muggle Studies (make an ensemble of Muggle clothes) and Transfiguration (Vanish lots of fibre/yarn). I used 10 bags of lovely stuff from Southern Cross Fibres, spun them all, and knit up a top, gloves and a cowl. For the Transfiguration element, I had to use a new technique, or practice one I haven't used for a long time, so I picked entrelac.

Idlewood, with a ribbed cowl instead, and a bit of colorful entrelac.

Proposition, which I showed you months ago, getting the Kissy kiss of approval.

Cowl, which I just made up as I went.

I like the cowl better as a headband, especially since Idlewood has a cowl neck.

I also finished my Mission scarf in time, using up 500g or so of handspun from my boxful of handspun.

And I made a woven scarf up, using the yarn Jasmine dyed last month. I separated the colors a bit, by making it 8 strand squares of color and white. "Clown barf" (as rainbow yarn is often called) doesn't tend to actually knit up well; it pools and mixes badly, sometimes. I think the dilution was good for this yarn!

Besides, it's Jasmine's present for her teacher, who is nice, and doesn't deserve to have her eyes burned out ;)

And Jaz is happy. Now I just have to get on with Byron's present for his teacher... and a few other things before this month ends.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Navajo 4ply

Waves to Ruth...

Back in April I heard of a plying technique called Navajo 4ply. Basically, it’s a way to mix 2 plies so that one is being Navajo plied (make a big crochet chain with your hands before letting it twist) and the other twists in beside it. You can swap by grabbing the other single through the loop and making that single become the N-plied one.

It means you can mix two colors into a 4ply, and each part of the yarn will be 3/4 one color and 1/4 the other. It can make some interesting effects.

I find it just a bit difficult to get my hands around all the plies, tensioning them all while N-plying one, keeping the two twisting evenly together, and stopping and starting (ie, getting the plies into one hand and then back to two) to move my flyer hook along. But it's a fun challenge.

Here’s my fibre from the N4ply in the last post. The colorful one is called Autumn and the green is called Mint.

Number 112

Spin into singles

Number 112

I usually ply from a "yarn cake". I put them in bowls at my feet (so they don't roll away) and tension them under and over my jeans leg. (Otherwise I have problems with the twisty singles curling back on themselves and making stupid 'worms'). On my bobbin I have a "lead" (a bit of yarn tied on, so I can attach my fibre to it). It has a loop on the end (handy for starting N-ply), and I tied the two plies just above the loop's knot and pulled one ply through to start N-ply.

Number 112

(Definitely do not try this with one hand! lol. I just had to hold the camera for a sec)
Where the “n-ply” changes from one to the other. See how it changes from 3/4 dark to 3/4 light?

Number 112

 So the idea is simple, if you already know how to N-ply. Just a little more concentration and dexterity required. :)

The finished yarn (once more)

How it looks (in a different yarn combo, and with regular changes from the blue to colored) when knitted up.

 So there you are.

Tonight I am working on my last piece of NEWT for the HP game; it's a handspun entrelac cowl that I'm making up as I go. Hehehe. I've finished and blocked the Idlewood... will show you next time. :)

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