Opposing ply yarn

Thanks to girls from Spinner’s Club and their advice I decided to create my first opposing ply yarn dedicated for socks.

Its structure:
The yarn consists of 3 singles spun in opposite directions – two of them S spun and one Z spun. At the end I combined all of them by twisting them together in the “outstanding” direction which was Z in my case. This resulted in two things: S spun singles relaxed ans sort of popped out, while Z spun one recived additional twist which made it hold the whole yarn tighter. The aim of spinning the yarn this way is to enhance what socks need – strenght and durability.
You can also use the ZZS sequence – in this case you ply the singles together in the S direction. For easier understanding follow the diagram:

oposing-ply eng

As a result you receive a “disturbed structure” yarn. It is definately not as smooth as yarns consisting of singles spun in matching directions. It looks more fluffy thanks to those two relaxed singles. I am really curious how it will look like and behave while knitting!


shetland opposing ply

There is something for real Witcher fans (or witchers themselves!) too – a celandine leaf (Chelidonium majus) 🙂 I am more than happy to have it growing wildly right next to our smithy. As a proof that it’s the original celandine leaf (or tetterwort.. this was second translation of this plant I found. It is so much easier to write in Polish 🙂 ) I present its characteristic yellowish orange sap 🙂

jaskolcze ziele

I must add I am more than happy with this experiment. The yarn is already booked for a really interesting project – a pair of socks described in a book that’s being shipped to me right now from different continent. Details in may 🙂

And the fleece itself? Surprised me a lot. That was the moorit shade fleece of shetland sheep. To be honest, I was expecting it to be at least as harsh as the climate the sheep live in, yet it turned out to be so soft and slippery. I often found myself with a yarn stretched too much so slippery the wool was. Interesting experience. I have some white shetland sheep roving still waiting for its turn so this will be a good occasion to check whether that slip is really its feature and not an anomaly.

Finished yarn parameters:

  • smaller skein: 70 g, 81 m, which makes 1,16 m per 1 g,
  • bigger skein: 107 g, 139 m, which makes 1,30 m per 1 g.

What’s left now is to spin something in matching colour and size and make pure handmade socks! 🙂

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