Look, my sweater has arms...sort ofSpit-Splicing is used when you are knitting with multiple yarns. You can only use this technique when you are knitting with natural fibers like Wool and Alpaca. You can NOT use this technique with superwash because superwash isn't meant to felt. Here are the steps used to Spit-Splice.
First, you start with two pieces of yarn.
Next, you open up the ply on each yarn. I am using my 2 ply handspun.
After you have overlapped the yarn, you need a little spit.
Yes, I really spit in my hand.
Yes, I used way too much spit but I wanted you to see it.
The reason is to wet the yarn with your spit.
You then "roll" the yarn in your hand so that it starts to felt.
The yarn has a memory and it will actually return to it's twisted form once you felted it but now the two yarns are bonded together.
Now you have a continuous strand of yarn for your project and the best part...no ends to weave it. Did you hear that, knitwithsnot? No ends to weave in! So, next time you have a knitting project that requires multiple yarns like mine and you are using wool or Alpaca, try this technique. I don't know if this technique would work on Silk, Mohair or Bamboo. I'll let you weigh in on that. I can only speak for wool and Alpaca.
This sweater I've been knitting on (Knitting Pure and Simple Neck Down Pullover) this sweater using Cascade 220 yarn I purchased from YLYS (Your Local Yarn Shop, Battle Creek, MI) for a sweater class I'm taking with KellyJ. The class ended last month but she has been great about helping me since I am the world's slowest knitter. I am starting my third skein of yarn and I have used the Spit-Splice technique when switching from one skein to another. Oh, the other yarn you see there is sock yarn. We used that as scrap yarn for the holes which will eventually because sleeves. KellyJ said sock yarn is good to use because it's smooth and won't get snagged on the project's yarn but always remember to use a color different from your project because you don't want to lose it.
This Sassy Alpaca hat is from my handspun. Every yarn used was spun by me from Alpacas raised right here on my farm. No, the colors aren't all natural. Wouldn't it be great to have a purple Alpaca though? I was supposed to knit it as a give-away but...I'm a selfish knitter so I will be keeping it for myself. I'm using a free pattern from Knitty called Buttonhead. Other than the cast on tail and the cast off tail (which hasn't happened yet) each color change was done using a spit-splice.
Look at the inside of my hat...clean lines with no need to weave in.So...If you haven't heard of this term, I hope my explanation helped. If you already know about this technique and I didn't explain it correctly, please feel free to correct my explanation. Now share your adventures, mis-adventures, frustrations and successes in the world of Fiber Arts!
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