Musings about working with fiber, and living the rural life.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Yarn of a different color
I am getting excited about another project for the loom. The yarn was some dyed merino roving I had purchased some time ago at a Fiber Festival that I had been using as inspiration for the colorway. Not being thrilled to look at it anymore, I decided to try to spin it with the idea of keeping the colors as distinct as possible. This proved impossible to do, so I took a different tack and blended it with some alpaca. When it came to spinning, I was disappointed to find the fiber not as pleasing to the touch as I felt it should be. However, I persevered and was rewarded with a tolerable yarn which immediately changed color when I washed it as about a quarter of the dye left it. Hmmm. Not happy with that! Especially as it was the color that attracted me to it. The final yarn is certainly not what I had anticipated, that is for sure, but like many of my experiments I am confident that once it becomes a finished product it will appeal to someone. It is going on the loom as I found that having wool in the warp makes a huge difference in the strength of the yarn. Pure alpaca does not seem to stand up to the stress as well, and fixing broken threads is not my idea of a fun time.
We are going to be in Orwell this Saturday doing another craft show. It is such a fun time to do local shows as people are really open to handcrafts. Besides this scarf which I hope to have done for Saturday, I made a pair of fingerless gloves that I really think are sweet. The fun thing about them is the ribbon I put in every few rows. One thing I have to keep working on is taking photos of things. It is not something that I find easy to do, no matter how many Etsy lessons I read on the way to take great photos. Maybe I will make that a focus this winter. Sounds like a plan!