6-2-12 Update -- Andrea's comment on this post led me to take another look and sure enough, this was Navaho plying. I've torn apart the studio and can't find the cabled sample or any more of the cabled yarn. Will spin some more cabled yarn and make another sample to post. Thanks, Andrea!
This post is the start of a series showing finished projects and experiments from my New Age Looping sample case.
A couple of years ago in an awesome spinning class with Deb Jones at Sievers, I learned to make cabled yarns. I really liked how stable they were and thought they might marry well with looping, so I experimented with that a bit more when I got home. This sample was from cabled yarn I made with plies made from haphazard color blending at the wheel.
In this sample, I was playing with knotted stitch variations, including one I call "triple crown." Even with some serious overtwist, I do like the way a cabled yarn behaves in this structure. But as with Navajo plying (which I love doing), cabling makes it harder to break and spit splice the yarn when a thread runs out.
Turns out, cabling was a passing infatuation. But I'm glad to have this memory of that flirtation.