I'm so proud.
And thank you all for responding to That Picture with all the horror I could have hoped. It is nice to not be alone.
Further adventures in yarn washing - and then I must leave you for a week or so. I am taking a trip next week and there is no possible way I can go if I don't stop dicking around on the internet and get some work done.
There is another reason to wash your coned yarn: sometimes it is filthy. The Colourmart cones have all been immaculate, but that is not the only place to find this stuff. The manufacturer might have used a different oil, or it might have been coned a long time ago and the oil has attracted dirt, or it was stored in a warehouse, or insert reason here. A lot of coned yarns - particularly mill ends and closeouts - were meant to be used in industrial production where the important factor is that they move smoothly through a mechanical system. Fuzz, bloom, softness - so desirable to the hand knitter - mean snags and machinery problems. Gunk in the works. So they are seriously coated. The end product would be washed thoroughly after being knit or woven, also an industrial process designed to remove whatever it had picked up along the way, so the oil and whatever hardly matters. To the machines.
This is the same reason I lost interest in spinning in the grease once I did a little reading about sheep dip and parasites. Do I want to touch that? I do not.
Dark brown 80/20 merino/cashmere from a Webs closeout a few years ago. My first cashmere, I think. I've done the calculations and I seem to have bought 2.97 pounds at 1000 ypp. Worsted weight. Perhaps something with cables, then? (I think it was 14 bucks a pound. I wish I had gotten there in time to get more colors, is all I can say).
This was done in the sink with regular laundry powder (wool wash didn't make a dent in the oil), hot water and a plunger - the swatch I tried in the laundry bloomed a little TOO much.
The end result dried only one gram lighter. An important gram.
Some of this is color run.
But not all.
It is not as soft as I expected considering the two fibers - and I did put hair conditioner in the rinse - but has great body. Will knit into a nice cardigan someday. No itch.
Pre and post wash comparison.
See you in a week or so.