Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Opps Yarn Turned Out Pretty Good (Even if I Do Say So Myself)

The very bright roving that Susan dyed (and partly felted) is finally all spun up and ready to knit. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would. I never anticipated that it would end up as even as it did. Maybe it was that magic Elizabeth wheel.The yarn will be for Katie and I gave her the choice between a hat or some mittens since I'm not sure that there will be enough for both. She chose a hat.

I have also been experimenting with dyeing roving. After one small disaster the next couple of tries turned out much better. This lavender and mauve one was supposed to have grey in it, but it just got lost with the purple shades. So I just dyed up some grey separately that I am incorporating into the single plies. This is the roving that I am currently spinning and while I haven't gotten very far on it (it has been too nice outside to be spending time inside spinning) so far I am pleased with the results.
This roving is my latest to be dyed. It turned out to match the image I had in my head fairly closely which, to be honest, surprised me. The blue turned out a little more vibrant than what I was trying achieve, but other than that the very pale pink and lilac came out pretty close to what I wanted. At this point I think each of these dye jobs will be made into a 3 ply sock yarn.

3 comments:

pinkangel said...

Wow Darc, You sure are a talented women. Your Etsy should continue to do well.
Diane

mamakin said...

Wow Darcie, That is some beautiful yarn. I love the colorway. And you're so brave to start dyeing your roving. I'm just learning to spin, and as naive as I am, I'm joining the Tour de Fleece lol. My goal is even spinning-& it's all on spindles. Yup, must be the pain meds lol. I love the st markers & have only temporarily lost some of them to my DD, but I'm happy with that. It is nice to have a hobby we can sit & do together. I've just had my surgery & am on a slow recovery. I'm told it will be 2 months before I can bend, twist, lift anything more than 5lbs & I have to take it slow. I've already overdone it since it's so exciting to be able to walk or sit for any amount of time & I'm not in bed all the time. I've pd the price for that & have been much more careful lately-& it's only been almost 2 weeks haha.
Keep up the great work :-)

Knitman said...

The spun yarn is gorgeous.