January Breed Study: A Finished Skein

I was hoping to be able to share a finished pair of socks today because I am finally getting close to finishing my November socks , but that will have to wait until next week. So instead I am sharing my finished handspun skein of Andean Wool in Polars On Ice with you.

For this breed study I spun worsted (a short draw vs. a long draw) and then chain plyed, also known as Navajo plying, to create a 3-ply yarn. The end result created 104 yards of light worsted weight yarn. This particular spin wasn’t too consistent for me, as 2 oz of fiber chain plyed usually gives me around 140 yards of finished yarn. For this project I am 36 yards shy of what I normally would have achieved but still quite happy.

What is a Navajo-ply yarn? A Navajo ply (or chain ply) is a 3-ply yarn spun from one singles. If the singles was Z-spun, then you will Navajo ply S, and if the singles was S-spun, then you will Navajo ply Z. The plying is done by creating a loop and drawing through a new loop in a manner similar to making a crochet chain.

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The Andean Wool was very nice to spin. The fiber was light and airy, and became quite soft as I continued spinning. The finished skein is squishy soft and feels close to what my Corridale handspun feels like. For me it is not scratchy feeling and I think it would be a great yarn for mitts or a hat. All in all, I enjoyed spinning this new to me breed of wool.

The February Breed Study is on it’s way and I am looking forward to seeing what we will be spinning next month. Sherrill of The 1764 Shepherdess provided breed study sheets as well as a simple design to knit up a square for our study book, but I am thinking that I am going to keep all my finished skeins to create my own knitting Advent Calendar for this year. With 12 finished skeins of a variety of breeds I definitely could make a colorful scarf or shawl. I’m thinking the Harry Potter Sampler pattern by Joanna Johnson would be perfect for this idea, but we’ll see.

What have you finished this week?