Gnomes.

These bags make me so happy, I just had to share them!

How cute are those gnomes?!  Cherry blossoms with birds?  The white bag with pink flowers? Has ladybugs.

I love my job.  ;o)



A Bucket Bag, A CD Spindle and 4 oz of Singles…

…can all come together to make beautiful yarn.  Wanna know how?

Let me say this is my first tutorial – let’s hope I don’t end up confusing you guys!

The players:

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Left to Right:  SbJL Bucket Bag (they will be available as a limited engagement at MA S&W in Spunky’s booth (Craft Barn 2) – available in my shop on June 1), a CD spindle and a center-pull ball of singles (not pictured but important if you want to travel with your plying:  a clothespin!).

First:  Take the CD spindle and cut it to fit inside the bag:

CD Spindle

Unsullied spindle on the Left, hacked one on Right.

Second:  Make sure it fits:

Insert spindle

See?  Fits!

Yay!

Third:  Take a look at your center-pull ball.  If you cranked the handle clockwise when you wound the ball, the singles will come off of the outside of the ball clockwise (like mine):

Center-Pull Ball

If this is the case, you need to turn the ball upside down so the singles come off counter-clockwise.  This makes a BIG difference!  If you’ve tried plying from a center-pull ball and it’s turned into a tangled mess, odds are good you didn’ t have your singles coming off of the ball  in the right direction.  You’re plying counter-clockwise so if the singles are coming off counter-clockwise, they’ll twist together correctly and you won’t be fighting a losing battle.  Here is how I turn mine upside down:

Place your thumb over the single that’s caught in the center cone so you don’t lose it:

Insert thumb...

Push the cone through with the single in the middle:

Push Through

You should now have a ball with the center single coming out the top and the singles coming off the outside going the right way:

It's free!

The quicker you do the next step, the better!  I like to let my singles sit on the ball winder overnight so they are more set to the cone and don’t collapse as quickly.

Fourth: put your thumb back through the middle of the ball (from top to bottom) so you see this:

Quickly !

Fifth:  Touch your thumb to the center of the CD spindle:

Another insertion

…and slide it through the middle of the ball. Now take a moment and admire what you just did.  ;o)

Ready for baggage

You can now ply from your ball. You don’t *need* a bucket bag to continue but hey, it makes you look pretty cool and lets you ply on-the-go if you’d like to.  ;o)

If you have a bucket bag, you can put the whole shebang in there:

All Set!

and start plying:

Bucket Bag: In Plying Mode

Then, when you’re ready to stop, you can hang your bag from your Mother-of-All (and use the clothespin I mentioned before to clip your singles to the handle (or the wheel) so they don’t get all tangled):

Ready for Travel!

The best part?  If you have a travelling wheel like mine, you can fold up your wheel and your singles won’t get all messed up.  Since the singles are in the bag, the drive band can go over the whole thing and you can take the MOA off!!  You have no idea how happy this made me when I realized it!

Hopefully my little tutorial didn’t confuse you and helps you go forth and confound the muggles!  ;o)



Eye Candy Friday…

and a teaser. ;o)

For ECF we have a dog that is very happy that mud season is over so she can run around the back yard like a crazy thing:

Happy Dog!

…not that mud season stopped her.  I guess the truth is that I’m happy that she no longer smells like a swamp.

The teaser?  I’m working on a post to explain how to use these three things:

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to make plying awesome.  (yep, that’s a Stitched by JessaLu bucket bag – the handle has a snap so you can hook it to pretty much anything – and it’s the perfect size to fit a 4 oz ball of singles for center pull ball plying.  It’s also one of the reasons I haven’t been blogging…sorry about that.)



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