Color Music

One of the very first artists I can remember learning about was Georgia O’Keefe. A big reason we learned about her as kids was that she was born in my home state of Wisconsin and a woman, but I think she was also popular with my earliest teachers — who were not at all trained in art specifically — because her art was accessible without being too mainstream. As someone who went on to study the history of art, I certainly have a sentimental link to O’Keefe and her work. That’s why when one of O’Keefe’s paintings was selected as inspiration for one of Three Waters Farms‘ colorways for the Completely Twisted & Arbitrary Spin-Along I bit. Hook, line, & sinker.

Image from Whitney Museum of  American Art.

Here is Music, Pink & Blue No. 2 by Georgia O’Keefe…

Color Music, Pre-Order CTA Spin-Along, BFL Wool Roving - Hand Painted Spinning or Felting Fiber
                                                      Photo by Three Waters Farm

And Color Music by Three Waters Farm.

This was one of those fibers that arrived and went straight onto my wheel.

img_2249And I took bobbin shots of it every 2 minutes…

img_2251Make that every 1 minute…

img_2255OK, OK. Every 30 seconds.

The fiber just glowed.

And the BFL base was insane as it really almost spun itself. I’m constantly amazed by the Three Waters Farm BFL as it is far and away the best I’ve spun. I joke that Mary Ann from Three Waters Farm must add some sort of magic to it, but in reality she is just an exceptional dyer who uses excellent bases and is a master of her dye process.

When it came time to ply my 8oz of Color Music…

img_2358You’d better believe the colors were just as delicious in a simple 2-ply.

And the finished skein…

whole skeinYes. Sigh. Wow. Right?!

detailFrom my 8oz of fiber I managed to get about 688yards of what I’m estimating to be a heavy fingering or light sport weight yarn. The colors lost none of their depth in their bath and dried into a simply gorgeous, well-balanced skein.

piledIt was the perfect February spin for me, too. Bright, glorious color in the most blah month of the year.

I don’t have any immediate plans for this skein. The plain truth is that there is a bit of a traffic jam on my needles at the moment, so I have some time to mull over my knitting patterns for this skein. I’m kind of interested to audition Thea Colman’s Apricot Cream for the job though. It’s a brand new pattern that I just stumbled upon — quite literally a moment ago — and the yardage and subtle texture I think would be a fantastic combination with this yarn. We shall see though, right? We shall see. Whatever it becomes, I’m sure I’ll take photos of my progress every 2 minutes to document the beautiful colors. All right, all right — it’ll be every 1 minute. Who am I kidding? It’ll be every 30 seconds.

20 thoughts on “Color Music”

  1. Sarah, I love visiting your blog I am always so inspired!! This braid turned out lovely and I just checked out that pattern and I agree…that would look lovely in hand spun!! Beautiful spinning as always!!

  2. Oh wow, that is gorgeous. I’m a new spinner. I’ve been spinning for a little over three weeks and I’m always thrilled when I stumble upon bloggers who spin. You are a spinning inspiration! It’s my first time visiting your blog. I will be back.

    1. Welcome! I’m so glad you found me! I’ve been focusing a bit more on spinning this year as I’ve been working with the Three Waters Farm Ravelry group, so there will be no shortage of spinning talk for the foreseeable future! Please know that I’m very happy to help with resources and recommendations and general advice should you be in need. I’m very happy to help!

  3. This is beautiful! As a new spinner, I’m in awe, and hopeful that someday, my spinnings will look as nice and even. What base did you opt for? BFL? Silk Blend?

    1. Thank you! And welcome to spinning — it’s a craft I really never anticipated picking up, but it’s an absolute joy for me. My best advice for new spinners is not be afraid to slow down (I was a speed demon in the beginning), ask questions when you have them (any spinner, instructor, and I am always a resource, too!), and just practice, practice, practice!

      This braid is BFL. Three Waters Farm has an incredible touch with their BFL. Whatever combination of base + how they handle dyeing it makes it the best BFL I’ve spun. I have been stockpiling it since my first spin with it!

      1. Thanks, Sarah, for the information. First braid(s) from Three Waters purchased. I felt up a few at a local place, and they felt almost felted. You are going to be a tough act to imitate. But, I’m getting better by the day, opting to only do 20 minutes per day so I don’t get frustrated.

      2. Wonderful! They are such a great source for fiber – I’m sure you’ll love them. I should also mention the TWF Ravelry group is very active (I help moderate it!) and everyone is super nice & helpful. Inspiration and knowledge abounds there!

        A little every day is perfect. I will definitely have to share some of my early skeins – they definitely didn’t always look like they do now!

        A lot of times fiber that you can touch in shops gets touched a lot, so it winds up felted or in less great condition. Fiber that is bagged or packaged in stores tends to be a little better (but you can’t touch it!). And generally I’ve found that fiber I’m during direct from the dyer is in best shape. You’ll develop your favorite dyers and sources as time goes by. Please feel free to email me anytime for more resources!

  4. Sarah, that is just so PRETTY! I love those colors, and I would not knit anything with it for a while, just put it where you can see it and look at it every day. Maybe in a nice glass bowl in the center of the table? Who needs flowers with this kind of yarn?

    1. Um… you mean people decorate with things other than yarn & fiber? LOL! Thank you so much for your kind words, as always. 🙂 This skein is really wonderfully vibrant. It was the perfect vacation from the February BLAHS here!

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