Monday, March 31, 2008

More Handspun

Okay, things are cooperating a bit better today, so I can share the other photos that I had intended to show you yesterday.

A couple of weeks ago I went down to do some fiber dying with my friend Lynne. I was dying some worsted weight wool for a co-worker that I had just taught to knit. She is preparing to get started on her first real project, a shawl, and I had her pick out some colours. Becuase I have never worked with the particular colours before I wanted to test them first, and see how they blended together. I took some left over scraps of white merino and got this:

I absolutely love it! I think I wil actually use the colour combination again at some point. I used Cushings acid dyes that were purchased at The Elegant Ewe, in Dark brown, Taupe, and Terra Cotta.

Since it was just left over bits of roving it was already in fairly thin strips. Once I fluffed it all up, and pre-drafted a bit it was very thin. I think it spun up my finest singles to date.

The end result was this:

Just over 300 yards of fingering weight 3-ply. I absolutely love it, and really want to knit it up into something special. Any suggestions?

One last thing before I go, when I was taking photos of the yarn yesterday it was rather warm out. The snow melting off of the roof was creating a steady stream of water that ran over the window in the den. It made me think of one of my blogging friends. So, Melanie, if you are reading, this photo is dedicated to you!


Witchypoo said...

That is just gorgeous! I love how it came out. Did your friend like the yarn?

I think that would make a beautiful scarf or hat.

Lil Knitter said...

OMG! What an awesome surprise. I was just reading and drooling over the yarn...LOVE THE COLORS!!!...and then the photo!
That is an awesome shot. Looks sort of surreal. Thanks for the dedication..that totally made my day! Thanks!! You just gave me a very sweet birthday present. :)

Joansie said...

I am so impressed with your knitting...but then I'm impressed with all of your crafts/hobbies. Weather turned out pretty bad here yesterday also.

yarnspider said...

Lovely Yarn, how did you 3ply? Navaho? Is there enough for a pair of fingerless gloves?

Fabulous picture through the snowmelt.

LDSVenus said...

I agree fingerless mitts would look lovely with that yarn!! Your spinning has really taken off and your skeins are so awesome!!! How do you get the different colors on your hand painted roving? I havent tried that yet, I can dye it the same color with color breaks but not delberately different colors.

spinquilt said...

I love the photo and your roving is lovely.