Some 30+ years ago, there was an aran sweater. Knit from local (my back then local) yarn, bought for a small fortune at the farmer's market from a local shepherd who sold his wool and sheep products. Comparing to nowadays, the yarn was incredibly expensive and cost me half a months salary. (Well, yes, my salary was minimal and I was still in school but supported me by cleaning and doing the odd job since I didn't live with my parents anymore.)
It gave me warmth in every winter since then. A while later, it partnered up with a second aran, knit from a frogged sweater of my back then partner. But now, it begins to fray quite a lot. (The second aran isn't in much better shape.)
So I went through my stash and looked for some yarn.
In the background, you can see the original. A 3 ply yarn. The grey gauge is Kauni. Not my prefered choice. And the white one on top is some 2 ply worsted yarn. I think, I will give the 2ply a chance in another project but for the durable substitute of my favourite aran, I will need something different. 3ply preferably and from some longwool race or maybe some older race like gotland.
So I went through my fibre stash again and found 1 kg Masham (a Yorkshire breed, a mix between Teeswater and Dalesbred). Good choice but I doubt the kilo will suffice. Cables take a lot of yarn. So I will have to delve a bit deeper and look for something different. Or maybe, I will use another fibre for one thread and the Masham for the other 2 threads.
But before that I had to empty the bobbins of my spinning wheel. I'm nearly finished spinning some BFL (Blue Faced Leicester) that was waiting to be spun up, I plied some 2 bobbins of some green yarn I spun about a year ago and now I have only 2 bobbins half full of above BFL for plying. I think, the BFL and the green yarn combined will make a nice waistcoat.
BTW, even though I am all for naturally coloured fibres, I love a white aran. ;o)