The rain has been lashing down for quite a few days, although it feels like quite a few weeks, but at least the weather has forced us indoors to catch up on a few things, not the least of which is sorting through the hours of video material that we have accumulated. I found this short piece of video, which demonstrates a simple but effective tip for joining Navajo pliedyarn. It’s really funny how niche it is possible to become in any subject, but considering how many times I have had to search for seemingly insignificant or absurdly simple bits of information …..and actually found them on the Internet, I thought I should add my own spoonful to this incredible soup of information that is available to us all. How long ago was it that, if you needed information, you trekked to the library and spent a few hours scouring through books and written documents? Now almost everything we want to know is to be found by simply typing a few words into a computer and a thousand references are handed to you. Not only that, but with a few clicks on the mouse, you can save that information or print it out, rather than write it all long hand or request photocopies.
What an amazing advance in technology and what an amazing tool it is that brings us all together to share in the fibre arts or in whatever else we have interests? I truly appreciate the freedom and power of the Internet to share what I love and to share in what other people aredoing and connect with them also.
I digress …ever so slightly! David has just finished editing this video. It is brief, covering a little bit of Mega Knitting and the simple tip of how to join two lengths of Navajo ply, but if it helps one or two people at some time down the road, then I will be satisfied to have contributed to the global library of instant knowledge.
Navajo plying is an extremely useful technique if you want to create really chunky yarns. It introduces less dynamic energy than conventional plying and I usually find that the yarn is immediately useable without needing to set the twist.
Time to dash off and have a morning of fun with a new group of wannabe spinners in our Creative Spinning Workshop. I expect we’ll have an armful of exquisite art yarns to show by the end of four hours!
Make the most of the wet weather and get spinning!