Snow Days Rock!

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Oh yeah! Another day to play. :)

I got to spin some of the kool-aid dyed merino fluff today. Because the water bottle I carry this spindle in is smaller than the larger blue one, I have to get at least a quarter of it spun up to pack the last half of it up in there for school tomorrow.  

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I am getting so much happier with my handling of the fiber when I dye it now. The drafting of this is pretty much the same as it was before I dyed it. Once upon a time, I would have had some areas that kinked up and were more difficult to draft. But not this one. It floats apart! Sweet! I still don’t have aspirations to be a fiber-dyeing artist. But, it’s nice to know I can figure stuff out for myself when I need to do it.

It kind of looks like a wintry color theme what with all the cool colors, huh? Actually, I had thrown a little yellow-orange in it, but I guess it didn’t take too well. There’s only a little of that in different areas over the length of this braid. But, this is cool (no pun intended). I was just going for something where a lot of white would show so I could see how the end yarn darkened up in spite of it. A fellow blogger, Elizabeth spun up something similar not long ago. I saw an example of that in the Twisted Sisters Sock Workshop book years ago, but I never tried it for myself. In the example they showed where even if you just speckled the fiber supply with color, when you spun it up, you’d be amazed at how the colors would take over the length of the spun yarn. So, I’m preparing to be amazed! :)

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Okay, ma. I’m ready for school!

Comments

  1. Wow! Love those snowy colours! Photos are superb as usual :)

    Regards,
    Sindhu
    Tantu
    The Arts & Me

  2. I love the colours. Must remember to get my spindle to work again … I haven’t spun anything in ages … I think the problem is that I still haven gotten the grip about plying yet, so I’m still fiddling around with 2-plys (and I use mostly sock yarn, as you know). ;) Also, it seems to take so long … We’ll see. Maybe I’m lucky and the next week is slower – then there is enough time. :D

    • I know what you mean about time. I want something I am working on spinning completed yesterday! I try to remember that we do these things for fun rather than necessity, so I can afford to wait longer…a little longer. ;)

  3. I love the blurred look of the colors.

  4. Wow, that is some gorgeous colouring! Can’t wait to see the finished result! Seeing someone spin their own yarn is so neat!

  5. I love the cool tones – no objections here to how it’s turning out!

    • I do too, which is curious. Warms are usually the ones that make me swoon…but I kinda like this…Weird. I think I am going to blame it on aging. That’s the scapegoat for everything I can’t understand these days. :)

  6. Beautiful fiber and I love the muted tones :) Merry Christmas!

  7. I would love to be able to spin. I watch all these knitting podcast and they make it look so easy. That yarn is beautiful!

    • Thank you!

      It really is easy to do…after you figure out how to do it, lol. That doesn’t make sense. But, it’s not difficult to spin your own yarn. If you start and stick with it (something I didn’t do my first time around), you will learn it just fine. After that, spinning it certain ways can get a little hairy, lol. But that all comes in time too.

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