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Friday, February 23, 2007

I've been thinking...

I've been spinning on the second bobbin of Frostrosen (more than halfway done now), and since spinning is such a wonderful time for thinking, my mind has been working too. Remember a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned that I wanted to do some stranded knitting/Fair Isle type projects? Rosemarkie was one of the ones I mentioned and it has been bouncing around in my head for days now. It's knit in fingering weight yarns which is also what most sock yarns are, so I took a look in the sock yarn stash (yes, I have a separate stash of just sock yarns, this is normal, don't laugh like that). Sitting near the top of the sock yarn stash was the Merino/Kid Mohair that I recently spun up as a cabled yarn. There is more than enough of this to use for one of the colors of Rosemarkie and because it's a cabled yarn, it's very consistent size wise. Then I remembered something else I had in my stash: 12 ounces of Merino Silk top in a blue color, but since it's an Ashland Bay fiber, it's not just a solid blue. It has different blues and some purples in it too so it will spin up into an overall blue yarn, but not a flat blue color - it will be a more interesting blue than it would be if it were all one shade of blue. I could spin this up (it would probably be best to make a cabled yarn out of it also) and use this as the other color (probably in place of the various background colors) in Rosemarkie. It would be a simpler design using only two colors, but I think the blue yarn, being an interesting blue, would compensate for that and keep things interesting. The fiber content of the two yarns isn't traditional at all, but I think it would work, and the fact that the yarns are cabled and not just a regular two ply should mean the vest will last forever. Can anyone think of a reason this won't work? Obviously, spinning all the blue will be a very long process, but since I have two wheels, I can spin smaller amounts of other things on the second wheel and (hopefully) not be driven insane.



Blogger Woven ~N~ Spun said...

oooh that just looks so wonderfully yummy together. I can't wait to follow this adventure of yours.

9:21 AM  
Blogger ~Sherie~ said...

I think the vest will look fantastic with the blue and white. As you say, the gradiations in the blue color will keep it interesting. I say go for it!

And BTW, what's a cabled yarn? Sounds like something I need to try out. :)

12:03 PM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

Yes, what is 'cabled' yarn? Sounds interesting. You need to give instructions on that one.

Also, why is it silly to have your sock yarns in one spot? I have a cupboard for my commercial wool yarn (I am a weaver as well as spinner and have mostly commercial for the looms), a cupboard for my thick cotton yarn, a cupboard for my fine cotton yarn and a dresser for my handspun wool. And it looks like I might have to order some more fine yarn because I am running out of the ivory and white base I use for most of my table runners and placemats. Can we say Obsessive Fiber Disorder?

10:11 AM  
Blogger DianeM said...

I didn't laugh, I have a sock stash :-/

I love that blue roving - scrummy!

3:01 PM  
Blogger Abby Franquemont said...

THANK you, I've got a ~1600 yard skein... er now it's a ball... of yarn from that merino/silk, and I've been trying to remember which one it was so I could get more. I'm trying to turn it into a summery cardigan using "Mrs. Montague's Pattern" from HK, and I think I'm on about my 3rd attempt now.

BTW, your recent comments have given me a bunch to think about. ;-)

3:24 PM  

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