I love commercial yarn, I love buying it, I love knitting with it, nothing makes me happier than going to a yarn store and touching all the yarn. I never leave empty handed.

When my son wanted a hat, red and cozy, I went for Cascade Eco Wool.

Eco Wool and hat

Eco Wool and hat

My son said it was the perfect red and really soft. It knit up fast,but I noticed something. It had less ply twist than I would use if I had spun the yarn.

Balanced ply twist

Balanced ply twist

Because I am a curious spinner, I added some ply twist.

Added twist left, regular right.

Added twist left, regular right.

I knitted a swatch for comparison.

Added ply twist left, regular right.

Added ply twist left, regular right.

I really like the little bit of extra twist in the knitting, it adds some sproing. My son likes the version with regular twist.

I love the idea of altering commercial yarn to make a yarn I like just a little better.





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4 Responses to Jillian’s Spinning: Working with commercial yarn

  1. juliafc says:

    I’m curious about how they would compare in the purse test (you know, where you toss the swatch in your bag for a week to see its tolerance for pilling and wear?).

  2. Alicia says:

    I find I hate how ‘limp’ some commercial yarns feel, I bet this is why!

  3. Tisha says:

    How did you get a full eco wool skein in one ball? Or is that ball after you added the ply twist?

  4. Polinium says:

    Fellow Ann Arborite here. Where do you go when you want more variety than our last remaining shop provides?

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