When you spin and spin and spin your singles, it takes real heart, real courage, real grit to use more than 2 plies in a yarn. The more singles you ply together, the less yardage you'll get out of all that spinning. With a 2-ply, you get the maximum output from the effort.
I've done a few 3-plies because I wanted the effect Navajo plying would give the yarn. I've even done a little dab of cabled yarn using 4 singles (plying 2 2-plies). But I've never given my effort to a true 4-ply yarn. Up to now, I've not had the guts. But with the package of Louet Northern Lights roving (colorway - ocean waves) I felt it was going to be worth the effort.
First, I divided it into 4 2-ounce sections and then I started spinning, each to its own bobbin. I knew I needed to spin it fairly fine because I'm not a huge fan of the bulky yarn.
Once I got the 4 bobbins done, I even tried a little bit of it as a 6-ply by holding 2 strands together and Navajo plying. Worked quite well, although I got a little too much twist into it.
As I was finishing with the 4th bobbin, I realized I was going to need to do something about a lazy kate - the thing that holds the bobbins for plying. Mine on the wheel only holds 2 bobbins. My clothes drying rack was folded up and propped against the wall and I realized it would work perfectly as a lazy kate. Just stick the dowels through the racks and through the bobbins and, voila, a lazy kate.
Worked like a charm.
I ended up with almost 700 yards of DK weight yarn so that's not so bad (even though it would have been 1,400 yards of 2-ply). I'm not sure what I'm going to make with it but the 2 things that crossed my mind as I was spinning away are:
- Socks - that will only take about 200 yards.
- Vest - I'm thinking I might like the knit the front vest pieces from this and the back either from fabric or I have some nice black merino that would make a nice fabric for the back.