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
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
Because I am a curious spinner, I added some ply twist.
Added twist left, regular right.
I knitted a swatch for comparison.
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.