The Prettiest Detours

Usually when I prep fiber and get it on the wheel, I’ve thought about it a fair bit and carefully selected the braids from my stash. Not always, but usually. It just so happened a few weeks ago, though, that a new-to-spinning friend was over and I was trying to explain a few different options for color handling in fiber prep. Knowing that I’m kind of terrible unless I have an example in my hands, I grabbed my braid of Stand of Trees from Three Waters Farm which happened to be sitting on top of my fiber stash.

img_4444I pulled it out and started to pull it apart, but quickly realized the color transitions were a little too subtle to let me make my point (but wowie on those blues!).

So I pulled out my braid of Black Pansies, also from Three Waters Farm…

img_4445And I started to demonstrate how to break things up for barberpoling. This braid worked much better for the demo!

In any case, having opened both braids rather than the other plans I had for spinning, I figured I should just go ahead and spin these up rather than try to store them neatly again. I started with the Black Pansies…

img_4915The merino + tussah blend just wanted to be lightweight, so that’s how I spun it.

img_5120And, you know, it took a while, but it sure was a nice spin!

I flirted with the idea of plying right away, but instead I pulled out my Very Fast Flyer — you know, the one I got for Christmas last year and have been slowly getting to know…

img_5121-1And I started whipping up my Stand of Trees. It’s dyed on a Finn base and it was such a fun shift from the sheen of the Black Pansies.  As predicted, this one went nice and fast.

Over the weekend I plied them both and then got them their spa day so that there would be no delay in when I could share them with you.

First, let me introduce you to Black Pansies.

skein2This skein is about 400yards of chain plied fingering weight loveliness.

close-upIt is a shocking burst of color for this time of year, but so well timed I think — at least for my eyes.

swirl2I’m not really sure what I will do with it yet so it’ll hang out with my other fibery goodies…

img_5258Which have taken up residence under my Christmas tree for the time being. As a side note, my family loves me very much and is very understanding — what’s happening under the tree is proof positive of that.

And Stand of Trees…

close-upIt’s understated. It’s subtle.

skein2It’s a whisper of rich, luscious color.

swirl-2It’s 340ish yards of a fingering weight yarn — also chain plied — and I’m thinking someday I will track down a mini skein for toes & heels and go ahead and work up some toe-up socks with this to use every last inch.

And now, 6 weeks later, I’ll start the project I originally intended to get going on when I pulled these open. I’m definitely not complaining though — with a detour this pretty, how could I?

15 responses to “The Prettiest Detours

  1. OMG Stand of Trees is totally up my alley; those are all my favorite colors and your finished yarn is gorgeous. The pop of color from Black Pansies is a nice reminder that even though we’re heading into winter, spring is that much closer now too. I want to ditch all of my Thanksgiving & houseguest prep and just spin the day away now!

    • I know, right?! I’m a blue fiend! I really appreciated Black Pansies through a lot of grey days, too. I hope you’ve snuck in a little time for spinning in between the work!

    • Thank you! And yes, I can go into total enabler mode if you like — spinning is something I never thought I’d do, but now I can’t imagine life without it!

  2. Stand of Trees is lush and just perfect for your love of all things blue! I love the Black Pansies, though – that shock of purple and gold/yellow together make me smile – YUM! I’m with salpal1, though – ROFL at the stash under the Christmas tree. Go, Momma!

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