Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Plyed and Busted

I don't think I've ever had one of these large, Majacraft bobbins so full! I plyed and plyed and in the end I got nearly 250g of 2 ply laceweight (22 WPI) on there. I'd love to tell you how many yards that made but ----

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--- when I had counted off well over 300 wraps (on a 2 yard niddy noddy) the piece of junk broke under the strain. I knew it was cracked, and I've ordered a new one, but I was hoping the loosely jointed, weak, poorly designed, piece of good for nuthin' kindling would hold together long enough to finish this job. As it was I had to yelp for help before hundreds of yards of handspun became hopelessly tangled.

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I quickly finished winding the skein while my husband held it on his outstretched arms. *whew*

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It's had it's bath and is hanging (perfectly balanced, *woo hoo*!) to dry. Hopefully I'll be able to borrow a yardage counter to get an accurate length before choosing a shawl design.


Michelle said...

I didn't know whether I should laugh or cry at your post. Your description of the "piece of junk" is priceless...but, I am horribly sorry it broke while you were in the middle of winding your gorgeous yarn! Glad to hear your husband was nearby to help save it. I can't wait to see your yarn knit up. It really is lovely.

Jeanne said...

Beautiful yarn! Its going to be gorgeous knitted up. Glad your knitting noddy accident didn't turn out worse!

Lorraine said...

I think it broke because it was so jealous of the fibery beauty that was obscuring it. Gorgeous yarn, can't wait to see what you knit with it.

Jen said...

Very very pretty! Nice work. :-)

Ruinwen said...

Absolutely stunning yarn! :)

kristo said...

Hey Mom.... do you need your old niddy noddy back?

Marlene said...

I did neither Michelle. I grit my teeth and muttered a few unladylike words when I heard the first *CRACK* though.

No Kris, that was a gift to you, remember? I need a longer one for the big, fat skeins I get from these larger bobbins. I've ordered one. Hopefully it is sturdier!

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Maggie Ann said...

Marlene your yarn is beautiful! I haven't done to much lately with my spinning. I did ply some of the fleece singles with the brown and got a lovely tweed.