[can you guess the weights of the yarn above? answers below]
I’ve been trying to unlock my inner Grumperina with my investigation of yarn weights. I’m not as good at the scientific stuff as she is, but I’m enjoying my pursuit.
It needs to be just right – not too light, not too bright, not too muted or dusky. Just a clear, crisp, medium blue. I knit my original FLS with Socks That Rock Heavyweight. I didn’t even think about the fact that STR Heavy is classified as a sportweight, while the FLS pattern is written for worsted. I just knew it was the yarn I wanted to go with (it was the same yarn, same color I had used for my February Baby Sweater earlier in the year). I actually got gauge no problem with this yarn on size 8 needles.
I love the STR because it is sproingy and crisp. The sweater has a great feel – not too wooly, even though it’s 100% wool. But STR doesn’t come in the shade of blue I’m looking for. So I started looking around at other yarns. But I’m stumped – do I look at true worsteds? They seem too thick now. Do I look at true sportweights? They seem too thin.
It all begs the question – what is STR Heavy anyway, and what exactly makes me love it? Is it the weight (and what is that weight, really?), or the ply (5-ply), or the twist, or what? I don’t know.
But I am driving myself a little mad trying to figure it out.
*yarns pictured above, from L-R: Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb (worsted), Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, Socks That Rock Heavyweight (sport), Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport