Earlier this year we were on the lookout for accessories for the conservatory and we saw some very nice chunky, hand knitted cushions in Laura Ashley -
I chose to blend together teal and lightning dyed merino tops from World of Wool to get this very pretty shade of light teal. I hand carded my colours to blend them and, it was after the first 2 rolags that I really wished that I'd paid that £3 blending charge! Never mind, I'll know for next time.
I knew that I wanted to make a yarn that had a similar gauge to Rowan Big Wool, but with a hand spun feel to it. It's been a long time since I've tried to spin to a particular gauge (I usually just go for it and hope for the best), so it was a bit of a trial and effort affair.
I decided that the easiest method would be to try to get the same wpi (wraps per inch.) I tend to spin to a consistent gauge, so I just needed to work out how many plies of hand spun I needed. After trying 4 plies and realising that it just wasn't thick enough, I added a 5th ply and gently twisted them between my fingers, wrapping them around my ruler until they reached the full inch measurement.
So, by my reckoning, Rowan Big Wool and 5 plies of my hand spun both have a gauge of 6-7 wpi. I just need to get spinning now!
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