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January 17, 2008
plying my trade

Here's a little photoessay about my most recent spinning creation.

8 ounces of superwash merino roving from Matahari Spinnery. Most of the shades are warm, but I wanted to introduce a little surprisey contrast of green. It ended up too pale and blue and I just didn't like it. These dyes are pretty old and not always predictable.

So I stuck the offending portion of the roving into a pan of hot water with two packs of cherry Kool-Aid for 20 minutes. This browned and greyed most of the offending portion and left just the smallest blips of the cools. Cool.

Outside drying.

I knew I wanted to ply this yarn and originally I was going to simply divide it in two, spin each half and then ply them, so that they would mostly (theoretically) match up and I could get a gradient from one end of the skein to the other. I divided the roving in half lengthwise (A and B), then divided the skein into lengths of "lighter" and "darker". First I spun A dark, then A light. That's the bottom bobbin. In watching the colors go by, I decided that rather than pairing the light with the light and the dark with the dark, there should be more coherence, so the second bobbin started with B light and ended with B dark.

The result, I think is quite pretty. No one should be surprised to see these colors from me, I suppose. By quick calculation, it's about 220 yards of bulky yarn. No project in mind for it... yet.

11:06 AM | Comments (1)

Hi there. For my first sweater I'm planning on giving Sonnet a whirl sometime soon, and as I printed out the pattern I browsed your page a little. I like it. I think the ability to make an interesting blog takes a bit of a gift.

One question, and I might as well ask you while I'm thinking of it: I'm planning on dying some yarn with koolaid soon, but I haven't seen any in the stores that isn't sugar-free. I assume regular mix would be sticky business... should I go for diet koolaid, or is there an unsugared variety out there that I just haven't found?