What? You thought Christmas was over? It is, most places, but I had to finish up my Gnomespun polwarth.
That’s the pretty braid Ann brought me back from Rhinebeck. I love the colors!
I spent several days discussing how to ply it. In the end, two-ply won out, because the yarn is SOFT, and I wanted to make the most of it. Yeah, the colors “stick together” a bit more in the tiny bit of navajo plying I did, but not enough to make me sorry I two-plied the bulk of the yarn.
Those of you with some fiber-reading skills will note the vast difference in twist. Both yarns are balanced, which is to say that when the skeins were hanging to dry, in loops, there was no interest on either side of the bottom loop in bending to see the other side of itself. (Think helix?)
So, I’m asking my fiber mentors… The way I see it, a navajo ply is more akin to the “hard” twist in Socks That Rock, which makes the yarn wear well as a sock, but takes away some of the drape in a shawl, while the two-ply, albeit close to under-spun (to accentuate the softness of this yarn!), will have great drape and won’t be too friction resistant. Do I have that right?
Ironically, the three-ply (navajo plied) isn’t much thicker than the very light fingering of the two-ply. THAT surprised me!
What to knit? I was thinking maybe something like this… (Sorry non-Ravelry folks… It’s a scarf-shawlette-thingee…)
To those awaiting a Sissy update, well… that’s next. Hopefully, I’ll get that post up in the next hour or so.
Here it is, the latest update…