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?