A Period of Purple

When it comes to my knitting & spinning, I try to work in a lot of different colors. Most of my wardrobe consists of neutrals which conveniently work with any colors I might fancy spinning and knitting. This lets my handmade wardrobe sing and it also keeps me inspired as I work with all the colors of the rainbow. Every now and then, though, I take on a larger scale project which settles me in one palette for a while. The end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 took me into just one of those periods. A purple period, if you will.

The December 2016 Top of the Month Club from three Waters Farm was called Winter Fancy.

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Photo courtesy of Three Waters Farm

When I first got it, I was on the fence with my love for it so when a spinning friend posted an ISO up for it I happily sent it to her. Once I saw it spun up though, I bought a braid for myself. I spun it and then knew I would have to give it to my mom because she’d like it. I really liked it though, so when I found a braid in destash later, I snapped it up for my stash.

Then last November, when Layers of Darkness and Mercurial Light were introduced at the new Top of the Month Club and coordinate…

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Photo courtesy of Three Waters Farm

 

I had a project idea…

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I would ply Winter Fancy with Layers of Darkness for a weft and then ply 8oz of Mercurial Light for a warp in a grand, moody purple weaving project.

I spun all 16oz to be fingering weight so it was a lengthy project, but I love the moodiness of the colors and I adore BFL + Silk, so it was a good project (aside from trying to take photos — the shine of the silk in this yarn in the light available today was a challenge!) . I started this back in November or December and I finally got the yarns set over the last few weeks.

And now, I happily introduce to you…

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Mercurial Light…

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It’s hard to pick up the colors, but it’s a deep purple with hints of all sorts of yummy deep neutrals.

And Winter Fancy + Layers of Darkness…

 

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It’s such a fantastic combination. Where Winter Fancy was a little whimsical and icy, Layers of Darkness gives it some depth and gravitas.

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It was hard for me to pick up the colors in the light I had here. Suffice to say, I am excited to see this combination take shape on the loom…

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And if that wasn’t enough purple for me (and you!), I spun and plied the January Top of the month club…

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Which in taking these photos, I realize if very similar to my Winter Fancy + Layers of Darkness combination.

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This yarn I just spun for fun and I chain plied it. I really don’t know what I’ll do with it yet, but a simple hat is probably most likely. It’s a worsted weight, so it’ll do nicely I’m sure.

I do believe I’m spent on purples for the time being — 20oz on one color palette with little to no interruption is a lot for me. What colors come next, I can’t wait to see! I also can’t wait to see the FOs that will ensue from this Period of Purple — I’m sure they’ll have been worth the dedication!

20 thoughts on “A Period of Purple

  1. So you are in a “Purple Haze”? 😉 They are beautiful and I can’t wait to see your weaving!

      1. I love heavier two ply, it flies off the wheel! My next spin will be slower, 8 ounce combo that I want to be fingering weight. But thicker yarn has been fun while it lasted.

  2. WOW i am really loving all of these. The purples are fantastic and the way the colors transition are great. I cannot wait to see what you weave with it.

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