I went ahead and joined my very first Spin-A-Long! You purchase the fiber and spin it up by a certain date to become eligible for PRIZES!!! Then, you knit the yarn into a finished project for another chance to win. It’s all rather exciting.
This particular spin-a-long was put together by Brittany (BohoKnitterChic Spins) and Carrie (CraftyPuppyLover) via their Ravelry groups of the same names. The theme is Famous Couples. These ladies chose photos of a handful of famous couples (i.e. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Kermit and Miss Piggy, Sid and Nancy, He-Man and She-Ra, Thelma and Louise, and Aladdin and Jasmine) for inspiration. Then, each took one person in each couple and carded up batts. The batts shipped as pairs and, astoundingly, coordinate fabulously together!
Most of the photos of the famous couples had a lot of red and/or pink. Since I try to steer clear of pinks, I asked Brittany to choose a couple for me that was mostly smooth (as opposed to chunky) fibers and void of pink! She suggested Aladdin and Jasmine, and so that’s what I did. And it was the perfect choice. I absolutely love the colors and fibers.
As soon as I had a free bobbin, I started spinning Aladdin. The single was complete in one night – a marathon for my spinning skills! Then Jasmine went just as fast. So fast, even, that I forgot to photo the batt before it was all spun. The photo above is used by permission from the lovely FiberFancy. I was debating whether or not I wanted to ply them together, or leave them on their own, when I watched a video tutorial on Navajo-plying. Navajo-plying (n-plying) is a technique that uses one single to create a 3-ply yarn. You make a series of loops with the single and spin it all together.
I was so pleased with how the Aladdin turned out, I decided I would give Jasmine the same treatment! The n-plying is fairly easy, once you get the rhythm of the motions. You also have to be sure you have your single placed just in the right spot so that it unwinds easily from the bobbin. I’m more than pleased with the finished yarns!