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Friday, January 29, 2021

Spinning

Arco Iris

I've finished the Arco Iris spinning!  The finished skein is 442 yards of chain plied, fingering weight yarn.  Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while have probably noticed that these colors aren't the ones I usually use.  You don't see very much muddy, yellow green around here!  For one thing I can't wear this kind of color at all with the cool undertones to my skin color, for another thing, I'm not drawn to colors like this either (which could be related to the first reason).  

Arco Iris

When I ordered the fiber in Arco Iris, I had no idea what it would look like, Malabrigo being known for it's inconsistency in dyeing.  (Also, all of these colors are totally within the range for iris, so it's not like it's that crazy.)  I decided not to return it, but to use it to push myself a little bit, using colors I don't usually work with, and trying not to make the colors any more muddy than they already were.  It definitely got me out of my comfort zone, and I'm happy with the way the chain plying kept the colors intact.  What will I do with it?  Well, yellow green is the complement of red violet and I definitely use those colors.  It could be the perfect accent for something where magenta or fuchsia is the main color.  For now, I'm happy with the spinning!

Arcade

My next spinning project is filled with more familiar colors.  This is Merino/Tencel (50/50) in the Arcade colorway from Greenwood Fiberworks. I spun some Merino Tencel years ago when I was just learning to spin and found it to be super slippery.  Silk has more texture than Tencel.  I avoided it for quite a while, but I decided to give it another try now that I feel more confident in my spinning.  

Arcade

The other thing I'm working on with this braid is moving back and forth evenly across the fiber as I spin.  I didn't split the fiber or do any predrafting (the prep is lovely and really doesn't need it) so if I don't spin each color completely as I come to it, I will muddy the colors.  Spinning evenly back and forth across the end of the fiber is something I need to get better at and hopefully this braid will help me learn.  I'm spinning for a finished, chain plied fingering weight again on this project.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Blogger Susanne said...

wow that yarn is different than your usual. Good for you for trying something different. I am guilty of not trying too much different..I venture to green instead of blues/violets etc.
I L.o.v.e. the colours of your new batts...can't wait to see how they come out. I spin vicariously through people as talented as you !!

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