Recently in Oatmeal Cardigan Category

The weather and my spinning are somewhat in synch these days. One of my major milestones of the week was completing this:

436 Yards of 3 Ply Moorit CVM

It looks rather unimpressive hanked up and sitting on my desk, but that 7.5 ounce (212 g) bundle is 436 yards of three ply yarn which started out life as some fluffy moorit CVM roving. The creation of a three-ply yarn is not one of those instant gratification sort of experiences when you are trying to spin enough for a sweater's worth of yarn. Quite a few hours went into spinning up three bobbin's worth of singles and then plying off this first bobbin's worth of three-ply. I estimate that there is still a roughly equal amount left on the bobbins, so by the time I ply up the second batch I should have close to a pound of yarn and something over 800 yards in that pound. Yardage like that is rather encouraging. It begins to suggest that a sweater could actually be knit from one's own handspun.

But, clearly, I am getting ahead of myself at this point, since that second 400 yards remains to be plied and there's still a pound of unspun fiber wagging a finger at me from the closet it's waiting in.

I haven't done any scientific measurements of the fineness of this yarn, but I'm estimating that it's somewhere between a DK and a light worsted.

Estimating Diameter

The colored strand is a worsted weight yarn (it's Cascade 220 Quattro). There's a reasonable amount of variation in this yarn, but most of it looks to be somewhat smaller in diameter than the Quattro. Which is pretty much what I was going for. So I'm basically happy about that.

This yarn definitely made a significant transformation after it got a bath after I plied it up. It was actually a bit harsh and stringy feeling when I took it off my niddy noddy (to quote the husband: that is not very soft), but a good soak in some warm water and Eucalan restored it to it's happy springy CVMness. It also has the characteristic CVM elasticity and it almost approaches some coarser merinos in terms of softness. I'm very pleased, and I keep picking it up to squeeze it and breathe it in.

Because the roving itself is/was a little rustic (i.e. it has the occasional nepp and is not perfectly combed) I let my singles be a little rustic as well, which has a lot to do with the variation you can see in the diameter of the yarn after plying. Once again, I am not greatly disturbed, because my goal for this yarn is for it to be a comfy cardigan, probably with a bit of cable detailing. Something that I can zip up and snuggle into. Perfection is not required, nor absolutely desired. I think it will give the final sweater a special character all it's own.