Stage 14 Tarbes - Tourmalet Barèges 117 km

20 July 2019

Today, two challenges - spinning llama fibre and chain plying. As with the baby camel fibre I tried a few days ago, the llama fibre (from Hilltop Cloud) was silky smooth. I found drafting it a little easier but had to be so careful to of not under-twisting. I think when plied, I will find sections that will break due to their lack of twist.

The second challenge, chain plying, had me in all kinds of contortions, trying to wrangle the yarn into a loop to make the 3-ply yarn. The result is uneven, with several breaks, but it’s a result. More research and more practice is needed to understand this technique better, but the work will be worth it.