Spinning Polworth to Navajo Ply


Yarn Spinning Polworth Fiber to Navajo PlyPolworth Wool Top by Blue Dog Fibers in the Erik Colorway is the newest project on my spindle. The plan is to spin it in one long singles, keeping the color repeats as long as possible, then to Navajo ply the singles, which is basicly a process of pulling your singles through loops, as if you were making a giant crochet chain, then plying it all together. Polworth Roving on a SpindleAs I spin the fiber, I’m watching videos and reading, trying to wrap my head around how this is done. Hopefully, by the time the singles is spun, I’ll have an idea about how to actually go about it and can share that with you. I’ve read that Polworth tends to fluff up, or bloom when washed for the first time, so it’ll be interesting to see the weight I finally end up with after plying, since using this method essentially makes 3 plys.

Spinning Yarn - Polworth on a Drop Spindle Yarn Craft

Each new fiber I spin teaches me something new. I’m off to be a student of Polworth!


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  1. Kate
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    That will be beautiful. You’ll figure it out.

  2. Posted March 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to be a Math Major by the time I finish getting caught up on your posts :*)
    I believe The Knit Girllls podcast has a tutorial on Navajo plying.
    Good luck

    • Mom
      Posted March 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

      They do indeed! Although Leslie is doing it on a wheel and I’ll be using a drop spindle. Half the fun is the figuring it out. :-)

  3. Posted March 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    I thought about the fact you are spinning by drop spindle after I left this comment.
    Now I’m really puzzled how you will accomplish this Navajo ply. hmmmmmmmm

    • Mom
      Posted March 5, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

      I think it’ll be similar…will just have to situate my loops, then let the spindle spin to ply…I can be a little klutsy so we’ll see how I manage :-) I have a tripod to take photos! :-)

  4. Posted March 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    That’d be great if you could snap a few shots.

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