It’s hard to know what to say in this post. The 3-ply yarn is, if possible, even more standard and vanilla than the 2-ply.
Another handspinner might argue (though, confessedly, “which yarn is the boringest” is kind of a strange argument to bother with) that the 2-ply is more vanilla, because it’s what handspinners more often choose to make. This is supposedly the case because it takes less time to make 2 plies than 3.
But who knows what yarns are actually more commonly spin by hand spinners?
Actually, we can totally sample that. Hang on a sec.
Ok, so there are definitely a lot more 2-ply entries in Ravelry than 3-ply. So shouldn’t 2-ply be considered more vanilla?
As handspun, yes, but as yarn, no. I spin 3-ply when I want roundness, stitch definition, and all the other things. But I also spin 3-ply when I want a yarn that is most like the average commercial yarn, with the least amount of work for me. I spin 3-ply yarns because I want to make stuff from commercial patterns that call for handspun. I spin 3-ply yarns when I’m working in large quantities (or I spin tightly plied 2-ply yarns that wish they were 3-ply).
When I see 2-ply handspun, I think, “handspun!” When I see 3-ply handspun, I think “yarn!”
I don’t mean that 3-ply handspun is just a substitute for commercial yarn, or anything like that. The virtuous possibilities of handspun customization within that one structure are virtually infinite. I think 3-ply is vanilla because it’s incredibly useful and practical, and that is awesome. If I could only spin one kind of yarn forever, it would totally be 3-ply yarns.
There’s even a Bible verse about them: “A threefold cord is not easily broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). I mean, it’s a metaphor of not being alone when you’re attacked or sleeping outdoors, but obviously God thought it was a good metaphor.
I am seriously digressing. All this to say, I made a 3-ply yarn. It is successfully a baseline.
I did want to follow up on the “jagged” statement from yesterday. I know what my friend meant with the jaggedness of 2-ply yarn; she meant the texture and look of the stitches and fabric. But from a colour standpoint, my color-twisted 3-ply looks the most jagged of the bunch:
But that’s because of the colour choices. Not super relevant.
More details of the yarn are raveled here.