Fits and starts, starts and fits.
This is a 3-ply worsted-spun light fingering weight, from Amy Boogie's Almost Solid Merino top in Hyacinth. It feels wonderful, wonderful - I spun three very fine, very firm plies, set them up on storage bobbins, and plied them together with quite a bit more twist than I thought I needed (about 3/4 of the single twist) to get this wonderfully sproingy, squishy, not-at-all-wiry, and yet strong and knittable yarn. Seriously, I wish they'd hurry up and invent squeeze-o-vision already - I want everyone to give it a pinch.
Weight: 110 grams
Yardage: 460 yards/ 420 meters (~ light fingering)
Single WPI: ~45
Plied WPI: ~19
Single TPI: ~20 (unless I'm not figuring this out right - two revolutions of the 15:1 whorl for every 1.5-2" of drafted fiber)
Plied TPI: ~13
Other specs: Worsted-spun three-ply, singles spun from random sections
It took a couple weeks to spin just that four ounces - very busy, losing my mind, yadda yadda yadda - but I suddenly started sampling up a storm, spinning tiny little 7 or 8 gram skeins of everything, just to see:
Clockwise from top left: A sad attempt at a worsted-weight 2-ply Almost Solid Merino in Poppies; sock-weight 3-plys in Handpainted Yarn roving in (from left) Polar, Azul and Sunset; that delicious Blows Smoke from Hello Yarn, in a distressingly bumpy fingering-ish 2-ply; and some more Almost Solid in Juniper Berry, in 2- and 3-ply versions.
For subtly tonal fibers (and purely from a color standpoint), I really like 3-plys. Not Navajo-plied yarns, mind you - they're well and good, of course, but aren't what I'm going for with these - but three separate threads all spun from random sections of fiber. The shades are distributed better, and in the case of something like the Juniper Berry (truly almost-solid), the subtly different tones work a wonderful kind of alchemy and produce a really lively, energetic yarn. Interesting just to look at and to process; demanding a closer look, and then one closer still. Good stuff.