Sunday, September 4, 2011

Color in Spindling

It all began with an itch to use the long-neglected spindles. Then I found this.

Madly inexpensive Brown Sheep Mill Ends from Suzoo's Woolworks. There was a lot of blue, a moderate amount of yellow, and just a bit of red. It didn't even occur to me until much further along that these are the three primary colors.

Of course yarn isn't paint. You can't expect to combine blue and yellow to make green. And yet . . . . Look at this first ply.

I used 15 grams of yellow and 10 grams of blue, feeding them in more-or-less side by side.

The second ply was almost all blue with little bits of red spun in at random intervals throughout.

Then I plied both singles together, ending up with 5o grams and 260 yards of light fingering with a predominant look of blue, but other colors mixing in here and there. I think I like it.

Here's a close-up:

Interestingly, these "mill ends" were some of the best fiber I have ever spun – soft, smooth, and super easy to draft.

There are two similar singles waiting to be plied, for a total of about 500 yards. Not sure what to do with this yarn. It's too pretty for socks. Maybe a little neckpiece?


Delighted Hands said...

Well, nice to see you are still at your fiber pursuits! The new yarn is beautiful-the mix of colors are very exciting and will make a great item no matter what you choose! Have you adjusted to the new location , etc?! Nice to see this post!

Knitting Linguist said...

Oh, I like that a lot! What a great result from a little colorplay. You're right - it would be a pity to hide it away, and it would be fun to show off around your neck :)

Sharon said...

Nice to see you. I've spun Brown Sheep mill ends and agree totally - they're wonderful.

Marjorie said...

That is really lovely.

I'm glad you're blogging again.