Here's a recap of this yarn from start to finish:
I took my sample of Ashland Bay merino "English Garden" colorway,
and divided the wool into four strips of approximately equal size. I spun the wool using a worsted drafting method. I would spin one of the strips, then spin a bit of white wool to mark the end of that strip and the beginning of the next one.
I wound off the singles yarn containing two strips worth of the fiber on to a bobbin, and then repeated the process to fill the other bobbin:
I plied the bobbins together to form a 2-ply yarn, and was very happy to see that my white middle areas lined up very well.
Once I reached the white middle area, I wound off the first section of 2-ply yarn on to a bobbin, then repeated the process to fill another bobbin.
Finally, to create the final 4-strand cable yarn, I plied the two 2-ply yarns together. I used the same spindle for this entire process. The final yarn is very strong and has a nice bounce to it. Even though it's a 4-strand yarn, my initial singles were quite thin, so the final yarn is still laceweight! It's a very sweet, small skein of yarn that was a lot of fun to make.
100% merino wool
4-strand cable, worsted
8 grams, 27 WPI (laceweight), 36 yards