There’s been a lot of plying going on around here lately. Both completely full bobbins of laceweight singles have become skeins of laceweight yarn, and I’m pretty happy with them.
At least, I’m pretty happy with the first one – the one you saw on Sunday. The one I finished today after three episodes from the first season of SG-1… I’m not so sure about it.
So as I started spinning the singles, I was filling up the bobbin, starting from the inside, building up layer upon layer of singles on the bobbin until it was full. Logically, then, the inside of the first bobbin contains the first of my singles. However, when I ply, I start by pulling on the outside of each bobbin, so the first yarn that I ply is the last yarn that I spun. Get it?
When I first started spinning this Merino/Silk blend (back in December or something… *choke*), I’d never spun lace, and I’d never spun anything with silk in it. It stands to reason, then, that it might take me a while to get consistent and thin. So it would be perfectly understandable if my second plied skein, which includes the first of my spinning, would be a little more inconsistent and thick.
I knew this was coming, but I was surprised how big a difference a little experience and a lot of time can have on a spinner. Remember my first skein? That one was 1.7 oz. and 670 yards. The second skein was 2.1 oz. and 603 yards. Less yardage in more weight means a thicker yarn.
The question is, how much thicker? And does it matter?
These are the two skeins – unwashed. The one on the left is the thicker one – the one that contains my first singles but that I plied second. The one on the right is the thinner one that you have already seen. I think you can see some difference even in this picture, but it’s hard to tell how much. So here’s a closer look:
See? There’s definitely a difference… but it’s really hard to tell if it’s going to be significant. I could probably still use them in the same project – say, use the thickest one as the last skein in a triangular shawl, so the thickest part would be on the outside. But would that even matter? I would probably have to knit a gauge swatch to tell. If anyone with experience on the subject is reading, I’d love some input.
I’ll take another look at them after they finish drying on the most convenient skein-drying rack in the house.