My January Obsession 4

I was wrong. The Simply Wool in worsted weight which showed up yesterday actually has 4 plies. This only means that, to my relief, I could just divide the plies in half and get a fingering weight, instead of starting with 3 plies and making sport/dk like my experiment from this post. My reflections on this whole re-plying process is that it leaves more than I originally figured to skill and sheer tenacity. That is, after breaking the yarn down to its factory spun single ply, there is some choice in how I ply over again.

The original 4ply constructed worsted weight is definitely “worsted spun” feel; relaxed, unenergized, and even the single plies are worsted spun feel, balanced, but not overly fluffy or sticky and come apart easily when pulled apart in the untwisting process. This time I really tried to put more twist back in the divided balls of 2ply than I felt comfortable with, worrying the whole time that it would be too much twist. Yet, when I scour-washed the final skein, and thwacked it and let it hang dry, it was as if magic made it into a beautifully soft bouncy elastic, almost woolen feel fingering weight yarn.

I am very happy with the result of this Un-Spun experiment, the yarn being what appears to be suitable for colorwork or socks too. And thinking to myself now, after having had a chat with a dear friend this morning, about what if anything, would be our self-proposed superpowers, I think mine is quite possibly resourcefulness, because I feel terrifically resourceful after this latest “un-spun”. If one has a worsted weight skein hanging around, left over from a sweater project or whatever, instead of a left-over skein of no use, it could become a pair of socks, or gloves, or part of a Fair Isle garment.

Above is the before skein – worsted weight – 100g and 218 yards.

Below is the after skein – fingering weight – 100g and theoretic 436 yards.

4 thoughts on “My January Obsession 4

  1. I love the before and after. The after is so lovely. This is my all time favorite color. So soft and neutral. Kind of like us! Hehehehe. I agree about your superpower. Resourcefulness is definitely one of your many super powers!

  2. I love it. My treats came in the post box today full of wonderful fiber. I don’t know what it is about the unspun but it has a lovely look and feel to it that is so nice for knitting up pretty things. The blue that you sent is much prettier in person than in photos. It’s like pictures of beautiful scenery…they just don’t do it justice. Thank you sweet friend.

    • Ah, great! I’m so glad you agree with the shade better in person in fact, and that hopefully you can sample that flax fiber so I don’t have to feel guilty for ever buying it for myself to begin with. Happy knitting AND spinning V! xx

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