So I emailed Ken right back and asked if I could post his message here on Blog where stitchers and shop owners would see it. This is his reply.
"You are welcome to publish my note on the blog--I would like to reach out to people interested and knowledgable re Paternayan yarn to help us decide if we are getting the hand and spin qualities correct (although I perceive hand is not nearly as important for this yarn) as well as the durability required for needlepoint work. How important is the variation in the strands? As you can imagine, having to create 3 different 2 ply yarns to put into the three ply finished product increases production costs significantly. Is it your impression the Paternayan yarn is a worsted (or at least semi-worsted) product. Apparently, a number of years ago the quality of the British produced yarn dropped off so JCA switched to a US supplier(and probably US wool) but their quality was sporadic as well.
Yes, SuriPaco is us--it is something we do when we are not at our day jobs."
I told Ken that as far as I was concerned, the traditional Paternayan with three plies, each slightly different in size, was an interesting quirk that made Paternayan wool unique, but certainly was not very important, especially comported to the colors, twist and durability of Paternayan wool. I also let two shop owners know about Ken's stock of Paternayan skeins. But that's just one stitcher's opinion. If you have thoughts about Ken's questions above or are interested in talking to him about buying some of his old stock, leave a comment below where Ken can see it or email me at chilly hollow at hotmaildotcom and I'll make sure Ken gets the message.
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