Two weeks ago I plied my first hank of yarn.
*Dramatic music…think trumpets*
I didn’t go for anything fancy, just a simple 2-ply yarn. It was a modest success, and that’s all I was hoping for when it came to my first plied yarn. Heck, I was happy that it didn’t end up a tangled spaghetti-noodled mess!
Anybody know of a good pattern for 176 yards mostly worsted (although occasionally fingering and sometimes veering in to chunky) weight 2-ply New Zealand wool, a bit on the prickly side?
What I am much more proud of, right now, is my first three-ply yarn. I spun up three bobbins of merino that looked like this:
Then I plied them into 380 yards of three-ply, mostly worsted yarn.
This time, my variation in thickness was less pronounced. Some sections are definitely on the chunky side and some are definitely more sport weight, but I’m proud to say there’s not a single inch of lace weight. Simply achieving this degree of consistency is a big achievement for me.
I just discovered the perfect use of this glorious new hand-spun. I’m going to knit a cowl to thank the lady who lent me her Louet wheel (although I did not buy it) and who gifted me with a large sack of fiber and a whole stack of her old spinning books (including the much-recommended The Intentional Spinner).
Here’s the pattern: Cupido Cowl, by Hiroko Fukatsu
It was on her Ravelry favorites list and I think this simple pattern will highlight the “beauty” of the hand-spun nicely. The vagaries of my yarn will hopefully come across as “texture.” Plus, I think this pattern will draw attention to the lovely color variations in the yarn.
Wish me luck. I’m knitting my first project with my own home-spun. Let’s hope I don’t screw it up. Because I care a lot more about this yarn than I usually do about my yarn. Even the really, really, pretty, expensive stuff that I keep in a box and visit when I’m lonely.