I decided to wake up early this morning and work on my spinning.
Doing so ensured that I would finally finish my skein of cabled yarn out of dyeabolical’s An Homage to Mr. Fuchsia. I had a total of 8 oz. of wool, and it took me a good long time to get it spun up. It does look fantastic however.
I ended up with 365 yards. I spun my Hawser Ply in about the same thickness, and 8 oz. yielded 360 yards, so not much difference in yardage for technique.
The difference though, stops there. If I could most accurately describe the differences in the yarn, I’d say that the Hawser ply is like a coke head. It’s hyper, whacky, busy, unable to contain its energy, and really all over the place. The twist is trapped in the plying technique and it just….lives in there. It’s fantastic really, makes for fascinating yarn.
The Cable ply though, that’s the pothead of 4 ply. It’s mellow, it’s calm, it’s comfortable. The twist settles in and it doesn’t move. The yarn is drapey and soft and balanced. The yarn has achieved what it wants to be and it is comfortable with that.
I am fascinated with the fact that taking just one different path with my handspun makes for such strikingly different results. Doing the two of these in quick succession really showcases that and keeps it in my brain. It was a very fun experiment, though a ton of work!
And now I think I’ll take a break from wheel spinning, I am exhausted! Time to knit.