I spun my first najavo plied yarn the other day, and wanted to share pictures. I found some really lovely alpaca fiber in my stash, and it has such pretty colors I wanted to try to keep them separate. Navajo plying, or chain plying, is a way to take a single (single strand of yarn) and ply it back on itself to create a 3 ply yarn. The standard way of plying would put 2 singles (or more) together, and you'd end up with a barber pole effect with the colors. Navajo plying gives you a 3 ply with gradual color changes.
I tried separating by color...white, blue, and tan.
I had a little bit of trouble with my singles wanting to kink up on themselves, so there are a few little pigtails like in the picture below.
Now I need to wind it into a hank and wash it, then decide what to knit with it!
A friend sent me this video, by Sarah Anderson. She has a very calm, gentle way of plying and it her video makes it easy to understand and learn. I just picked up one of her books at the library, called The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs, and I think this would be a great one to own. I've only looked through it briefly, but I can see there are so many great pictures and descriptions.