The linen supplier twists up the fibers into yarn.
This is sold as LEA - which is essentially an obsolete measurement - it has been replaced -
but I have not mentally absorbed it. Since I have obtained about as much and as wide a
variety of linen yarn as is obtainable now, I don't need to deal with the change.
And yes, with LEA - the larger the number - the smaller the yarn.
From our perspective the hope would be that 70.2 LEA yarn would be 2 lines with a final size of 70,
but alas - what it means is
Two 70 LEA yarns twisted together and sold as a loosely twisted thread..
If unraveled it would be two 70 LEA yarns - not two 140 LEA - which would be nice for us
except - twisting up the 62 LEA is difficult - it breaks easily - so that may be the practical limit.
I finally got why the old guys favored linen - the linen wrapping on Egyptian mummies is still largely intact.
It does not readily oxidize.