Sometimes projects take a long time. Over the weekend I finished my latest handspun yarn which from my best estimate I started in January (I don’t have the exact date recorded, of course). When I plied the last bit and then wound it onto my kniddy noddy, I could hardly believe that I had finished. I am generally still quite slow with my wheel & I spun all 8oz of this fiber at a lace weight. Since I have been taking photos of my progress over these last four months, I thought it would be fun to take you on a little time lapse photo journey through the making of this yarn. For those who follow this blog the photos will be familiar, but I think it’ll be neat to see them all lined up. Just so you know where I was going with this spinning, this fiber was a gradient that went from a deep blue to a bright orange. My hope was to spin a sport weight yarn that would be Navajo plied to preserve the color shifts. Let’s see how I did, shall we?
And then a l o n g hiatus….
I am absolutely smitten.
Now, the colors are gorgeous and I love them, let’s just get that statement out of the way. I did aim a little light on the weight, however, and the final yarn is more of a fingering weight than the sport I was shooting for. The yardage, well, I can barely believe it: about 700yards! Honestly, I could kind of care less about the misfire on the weight because I really just love this yarn. I just have to find a different pattern for it now!
I do have to thank my fellow blogger, Kara, who writes Suzy Sells Sea Shells. I ‘met’ Kara when she joined the Merry KAL and shortly after I started following her blog. She is a prolific & talented spinner who has proven over the last few months to be not only an inspiration to me as a spinner, but also an invaluable resource. I am beyond thankful for her input & advice. Just a week or so ago I commented on one of her posts because her Navajo plying looked so amazing. It really was gorgeous, see here for yourself. I mentioned how nervous I was to start plying my own project because my experience with Navajo plying was good, but not great. She sent me a link to Sarah Anderson demonstrating Navajo plying and it completely changed my spinning life. I found the results almost instant after watching this — the technique was suddenly relaxing and enjoyable instead of terrifying and not very controlled. Kara officially became one of my heroes.
With the success of the plying under my belt, I had one last thing to fear with this project. My hands were literally blue after spinning & plying the blue parts of this wool. I was very concerned that after all this work to maintain the gradient colors that the dye would run turning my rich oranges into a weird green or some other disaster. I once again asked Kara & she gave me a couple bits of advice to help make sure the dye was set. I washed it this morning and it is still as perfect as it was off the kniddy noddy. Phew. (Kara, I totally owe you one!)
Now, do you have any ideas for what to knit with 700yds of this fingering weight gradient beauty? I am taking suggestions!