Welcome to Part I-Don't Know-How Many of my series...Art Yarn 101, whereby ply my way (Ha!) through Spin Art, Jacey Boggs' book on creating textured yarn. Let's just call this another learning opportunity.
Stacks are a plied technique. As you are plying, you take one of your singles and wind it back up and down the area that has already been plied. You can do this with areas of contrasting color, as Jacey and I have done. Or you can keep it simple and monochromatic, adding a bit of mysterious texture to your final project. Or you could ply two different colors together (like a barber pole) and alternate stacking one color then the other.
Notice how Jacey's stacks are nice, neat little pink yarn nests, perfectly perched on the silver yarn. And mine? Wild hot orange messes...kind of like my hair. Except it hasnt' been orange in a long, long time and when it was, it was not by design.
I digress. This time, I did intend these hot orange messes. One of the beauties of the book is that it comes with a DVD on which Jacey had knit a swatch out of her stacked yarn. Gotta say, I wasn't crazy about the way the stacks knit up, so I thought I'd try less of a stack and more of a Twizzler. Gotta say...still not crazy.
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