The class was called Reading Your Yarn and it was about learning to dissect millspun yarns and reproduce them. I have to admit this really had never occurred to me. Sometimes I pick a yarn apart to look at plys, but never anything beyond that.
We looked at prep, twist, spinning technique and ply.
We all brought a yarn or two we really like to take apart and try to make. I brought Osprey by Quince & Co., because I just bought it am in deep love. It’s a springy 3-ply with more loft than any 3-ply that I’ve ever worked with.
Untwisted I could see that it’s a 3-ply with a lot of woolen characteristics. Because it’s a millspun yarn, the finished yarn is a lot smoother than a handspun woolen. It was spun from a woolen prep, there is lots of air in each ply. It’s slightly over twisted from a balance yarn.
Without doing exact measurements. I spunÂ Pear Tree merino roving woolen and plied it 3-ply.
I didn’t ply twisted enough to get the springy feeling throughout my skein, but I can see a few spots where I got it just right.
I love this yarn. It’s soft with loft, but would have much better stitch definition than any handspun woolen yarn that I’ve knit with. I’m dreaming about a slouchy cabled hat.
Of course, since this class I’ve been picking apart every commercial yarn I come across in my house.
Does everyone else already pick commercial yarns apart and try to replicate them in handspun? Am I late to yet another spinning party?
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
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