I spun my Targhee, fat and wooly. This bump had been marinating in my stash for mumble-mumble years and the shake and spin method didn’t work, since it was a little compacted. I split it lengthwise and fluffed it horizontally from tip to tip. Let me say that while I rarely attenuate my fiber before spinning I love to open it up by lightly pulling it horizontally. While I do this, I look for any vm, or lumps and get to know the color progression of a dyed roving or top.
My gorgeous Targhee fiber became chunky two-ply. A little more than 5 ounces became 60 yards of, 3-4 wpi, 2 ply. I set the yarn with a hot soak and it plumped up in the magicall way that Targhee (and Cormo) does.Â It changed almost a a whole wrap with theÂ plumping – it was 4-5 wpi before setting and 3-4 wpi after.
I did a little swatching. It came in at 1.5 stitches per inch on US 17 needles. I love how the big stitches look and the gigantic cable, but I didn’t love knitting with the 17s. They felt awkward and gave my hands cramps.
I fell in pattern lust with a couple stitch patterns put together and just started knitting, a fat cable and coin cables that would double as buttonholes. It’s a cowl, what could go wrong?Â And the knitting goddess said “Fail!”.
It’s too short, really too short, and maybe a little too wide. Back to the knitting drawing board and those size 17 needles.
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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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