I decided this week that I really needed to sample the brown Merino to see what I had. It is hard to plan for a project when you are not sure how much yarn you need or have or even what the weight of the yarn is in spinning terms. I had singles on 3 bobbins, so I plied up about 20 yards of it. It ended up being 13 WPI (which is a fingering weight) and the TPI on the 3 ply was 5. I have not calculated the angle yet. It is the most even yarn I have spun to date. This is impressive for many reasons. The biggest being the fact that I have been working on this project sporadically for over a year. Starting, stopping, taking it to spin ins… spinning at fair. You get the idea.
I swatched the Merino. On size 4 needles.
The number that is important here is that my gauge is about 6 stitches (6.1 to be exact) to one inch. ON SIZE 4 needles. At this point I start thinking about my options. I could spin an extra ply and hope that I got closer to a DK weight. Or I could look for patterns for fingering weight yarns.
Strangely enough, my grandmother’s generation knit a lot of sweaters on size 4 needles. This fact is mind boggling. Amidst the vintage patterns I came across this gem of a pattern. Black Wattle. It is so pretty. It looks like the kind of sweater I would snuggle in all winter. Now comes the moment of truth, how much yarn? The pattern says: 1203-2297. By looking at peoples finished projects I have figure out that for my size I probably need over 1500 yards… Hence the 1650… Why 1650? That is a mile in yards. Remember I have swimmers. My oldest is a miler. Not only do I need to do 1650 (minimum) I need to spin 3 bobbins of that for my yarn. That number is a little terrifying. However, also exciting.
I think I still have enough scoured in the box to be combed to make that number happen.