You guys, I finished another WIP!
Almost. Sort of.
I still have to truss the skein and set the twist and figure out approximately how many yards I have, but the challenging part – the actual plying – is finished.
The fiber is vintage Gourmet Stash (circa 2016, I believe), a colorway called “Broken Ornaments”. I chain-plied the singles yarn to get a slightly thicker result than if I had made a two-ply. Additionally, chain-plying – also known as Navajo plying – preserved the color gradient of the original braid.
(I thought about recording a video demonstration of chain-plying, but it was NOT a pretty process for me. Might as well just call it “park and ply.”)
I struggled to get the wraps to lay flat in this photo, so just trust me when I say it’s about 22 wraps per inch (WPI). I consulted several charts for what “weight” of yarn 22 WPI translated to, but there was no consistency about whether it still rates as “lace” or if it might actually be “fingering.”
I’m not sure what I’ll eventually knit it into though. It’s a lot more, um, colorful than my typical knitting, so it may just sit on my shelf for a while so I can think about it!