Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A bath always helps...

Pretty blues and greens are my go to colors. 

Earlier this summer I picked up a lovely 4 oz ball of Peruvian merino roving in the colorway Columbine. Socks of a simple self striping nature were on my mind. Now, some people will poo poo the idea of making socks from a yarn without any added nylon. But I poo poo that thought. Socks have been lovingly knitted up for hundreds of years...well before the advent of nylon. A little extra ribbing does wonders for the stay put power of a sock yarn. 

The ball was split as evenly as possible to assure the exact same color progression and spinning commenced. 

Oooooh, I love these colors together.  The first half was spun up quickly, yielding 52 gm of fingering weight. The second half took a bit longer, but is now spun, plied and awaiting a bath. 

In the next picture, pay attention to what happens during the process of wool soak, thwacking and drying. The two skeins are the same weight. 

The skein on the right has had its bath which results in the yarn fulling and, in this case, the colors seeped and dulled out ever so subtly. While the skein on the left is fresh off the wheel and niddy noddy. 

Spinning is magic.  You start with raw fiber, add a little dye, spin a teensy single,  ply as desired then the magic is activated in its bath. It never gets dull. You never know exactly what you will get. Kinda like a box of chocolates...;) 

1 comment:

  1. That's a gorgeous colorway. Looking forward to seeing the socks!



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