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Current spinning project: SOCK YARN. I'm spinning eight ounces of superwash Targhee from Hipstrings in the "Invincible" colourway, which is burgundies and pinks and teals. This is what it looked like before I started:

Eight ounces of Targee wool in teal and pink

This post on Ask the Bellwether says, "For a three-ply, I estimate my singles at twice the WPI of the result; so for a result of 14 WPI 3-ply, I'd spin the singles at 28 WPI." Well, I'd like a fingering weight yarn, which is between 19-22 WPI... so I am aiming to spin these singles at 40 WPI. Super fine! Here's a bobbin full of singles and my chain-ply plyback test, with a penny for scale. It sure does look like sock yarn thickness.

A spinning wheel bobbin is one-third full with very fine singles in shades of pink, burgundy, and teal.

The two braids of fibre were dyed in the same pattern of colours. My first thought was to spin each, chain-ply, and get stripy yarn - but then I thought about the impossibility of getting the stripes to match up perfectly. Instead, I split each braid into thirds and spun those pieces end to end, then plied them together. Ultimately this should result in softly striped fraternal, rather than identical, socks.

Here's the first bobbin of plied yarn, again with a penny for scale:

A bobbin mostly full of three-ply fingering weight yarn in a barberpole stripe of burgundies, pinks, and teals. There is a penny tucked under one strand of yarn for scale.

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Next up: 200g of white Southdown (from World of Wool) that is destined to be sock yarn!

Pirate's hand holds a very fine strand of single-ply white yarn next to a two-ply strand over a penny for scale.

The Corriedale singles are resting before I ply them, but this fibre has been calling to me for a while. I've heard that Southdown makes excellent yarn for socks - bouncy and resistant to felting - so here's to experimentation! I haven't decided if I want to make this a two-ply or three, yet. (Opinions? Advice? Input? It's a matter of yardage vs durability, I think?)

I've also heard that the wool from Suffolk sheep is good for socks, so I have 200g of that in a natural grey as well, and will probably spin it next...

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