I blasted through four ounces of South African Fine, which wasn't. This was a difficult spin. More than a year later, I rememeber the impossibility of getting clean drafting, then finding curlycues just short of corkscrews: the hallmark of overspun singles. While I was plying (again with the two-ply), I could feel the curly bits pass through my fingers, and knew the yarn would be an unhappy yarn. Getting it DONE was a reasonable goal, and it is now done. Singles below. (My typo, which I should not have corrected, said "singles blow". Yeah.) But of course Typepad put them above.
I moved on to what I think is Enchanted Knoll Polwarth/silk, 4 ounces on one bobbin. I decided to break my own rule, make the yarn vomit center pull ball, and pray. When I took it off the yarn winder, magic had appeared. It was a perfect gradient.
The braid had not presented itself as a gradient. I had not worked to spin it as one. Now I own a dilemma. I want to keep the colors together. If I do an N-ply, I will have no useful yardage. If I do a two ply, I will have confused ungradiented marl. And I did not plan the twist for a single. I actually, even at this late spinning date, do not even KNOW how to plan the twist for a single. I am not in the habit of framing my yarn for continued admiration. A decision must be made, and I did. It will be somehow used as a single. Mr. E suggested using it to weave something. No. Not enough for warp, and using it as weft will not do it justice. I am thinking of Reverse Psychology. The pattern has a lot of ribbing in it, which initially served as a reason to not queue it. But the pattern will do justice to a gradient, and the shape of the shawl may even forgive the potential biasing of the random singles yarn.
And I get to move on to a fifth set of bobbins.