Wednesday, July 19, 2006


What is unspinning you might ask. Well, remember the pretty alpaca silk I got the other day? Well, it came as a four ply laceweight, only it's a cable ply. That means that two of the plies were plied together and then the 2-ply yarn was plied together with 2-ply yarn. This means if you unply it, you end up with two strands of very fine (about JaeggerSpun Zephyr fine) 2-ply yarn. But to do this, you can't just knit off the cone and wind the other strand because you'll still have the twist which will just twist more, so you have to get rid of the twist. So what I did was wind a bobbin onto my wheel full, then I treadled counter-clockwise to get rid of the twist as I pulled the yarn from the bobbin to two ball winders (okay, really a ball winder and a niddy noddy on which I then used the ball winder.) I know sounds complicated and too much trouble, doesn't it?

Well maybe so, but take a look at this:

I know still doesn't look like too much, but when you consider that it's only the first 20 rows of the Forest Path Stole. And it's just so delicate that I know my stole will be wonderful!

I'm still working on the Faux Russian Stole and the cashmere scarf, but as the stole is nearly done and the scarf won't take too long, I have to start something new. (Oh, just for Jody, you may be absolutely shocked to hear that I finally plan on picking Madli back up after I finish my scarf so I can retrieve my size 5 tips. She's calling to me again.)


Anonymous Cheryl said...

I've thought about doing this too with some yarn I unravelled from a machine knit sweater. I'm glad to know it works, now I'll try it!

5:05 PM  
Blogger JennyRaye said...

Wow, the Forest Path Stole! I can't wait to see the progress! Love the color of your yarn. and what a great idea, btw.

5:34 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

How uncanny! I just got the yarn to make the Forest Path Stole yesterday.

I love what you did with the Unspinning. So innovative.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

That's very impressive, unspinning like that, and it looks like it's going to be excellent yarn for the Forest Path Stole.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous heather said...

Wow! That is the neatest idea I've heard in a long time! You're so smart!
That will be a very beautiful Forest Path stole, the color is YUM.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

It's really pretty, but boy that's a lot of work. It'll be well worth it though.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Pugknits said...

so many shawls/stoles! :)

5:33 PM  

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