I made sweater yarn!
The sweater won’t be this color, but I am absolutely delighted to find that three of my “default” singles, spun worsted style, make a perfect 3-ply light worsted weight yarn that is to motherfucking die for. (“Worsted” in knitting-speak is a yarn thickness. “Worsted” in spinning-speak is a description of the yarn’s construction. Confusing, I know.) It’s BFL wool, smooth but squishy and with excellent stitch definition, and holy mother of god the sweater I’m planning will be the comfiest thing ever if I can get gauge on just the right pattern.
I overplied it a bit to make it wear better. I’m going to knit up a swatch and stick it in my pants pockets for a week to see if it pills much or, worse, falls apart. Probably not, because it’s BFL, but I wanna make sure it’ll be okay before I spin a sweater quantity of yarn. It’s not so much the wasted effort I care about, because spinning is fun, but the wasted money would piss me off forever. That swatch is going to go through hell before I buy any wool for a sweater. When I hand wash it (a few times) I’m going to be a little rough (not felting levels of rough, just not being very gentle). And before that, when I wash the yarn I’m going to full it a little to make sure it’s even harder-wearing.
I won’t be doing this until after Giftmas, but it doesn’t hurt to start looking at patterns and thinking about colors, right? I want a cardigan. V-neck. Not raglan shoulders. I need to think about colors, too. Hmmm….