Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cashmere Transformation

Several months ago, Julie W. gave me two hanks of 100% cashmere. The yarn was luscious and so soft, but it had a characteristic I'd never seen before. It was not really plied, but had two strands.
stranded yarn
close-up of the strands
While I loved the yarn and the colors, I knew it would be a pain to knit with the two strands of yarn. I've knit with two strands before, but it was worsted weight and easy to control, but I knew the lace weight strands would give me fits.

For a long time, I pondered what to do with the yarn. Finally, it dawned on me that I belong to a fiber guild full of talented spinners. I asked Briana F. if she could possible ply the strands together, and I was delighted that she agreed.
plied yarn
Briana brought the yarn to the Guild meeting on Saturday, and I was thrilled with the the result.

close-up of the strands plied together. 
What a transformation! Now, the yarn is more knitter friendly.

Have you ever seen or knit with two-strand yarn?


11 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see what you make with it! I love the plied version, the colors are better blended together. xo Tammy

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  2. Have not knit with a two strand yarn and this new version is really nice...

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  3. Haven't seen or knit with 2 stranded yarn. Love the plied version - colors are wonderful. What are you going to make?

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  4. Wow want a difference... I have never seen two strands before!

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  5. Not only will it be easier to knit with but the colors are brighter and prettier than the two strand! Great idea! I love cashmere and can't wait to see what you make with your lovely yarn.

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  6. How clever! It's beautiful yarn so I'm sure you will create something wonderful.

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  7. Oh. My. Goodness! I love that yarn now that it's plied. So pretty and a wonderful solution. Now we needed to wait and see what you come up with to make with it.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  8. GOrgeous transformation. I have knit with 3 strands...a big pain in the rear!!!

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  9. Very clever! What will you make with it?

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  10. Who would have thought there would be such a difference. As many has said the colors look much better plied. That will be great yarn to use.

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