There’s a problem with knitting a sweater’s worth of yarn. No, it’s not knitting the sweater.
Now I only want to buy sweater quantities of fiber. For me, that’s around 2 pounds.
I went to the Ann Arbor Fiber Expo this past weekend with my fiber gang.
And I bought a sweater’s worth of fiber (I wasn’t the only one!) at Fiberstory.
I bought a pound each of these two colors, thinking to combine them.
How do I chose colorways to combine. For me it’s a little instinct and I try to have one color similar between the colorways. Sometimes I twist the fibers together to get an idea.
Yes, I stripped the fibers. This is another time that I monkey with my fibers. To see what colors look like together.
I will also strip or divide my fibers into at least quarters, or more ,to do combination/tandem/marl drafting. I get close to pencil roving/pointer finger in size.
Let the spinning commence!
In the yarns above, the top yarn is a single of each color plied together, the bottom yarn is both colors drafted together and plied together.
They look pretty similar, so I knit swatches.
Just plain they are lovely, but not quite what I want.
Combined in two different ways, I like the color play better.
They look similar,but I think I like the speckles better in the combo drafting version better than the subtle striping in the plied sample.
I like the hand of the swatch when the fibers are more deeply combined, too. But because the the fibers behave differently when drafting, the marl drafted yarn is more uneven than I’d like it.
To fix it I would stack the two fibers (the yarn here I spun with the fibers side by side) and fluff the fibers just slightly horizontally, to help them grab each other.
Now to start spinning!
How much fiber do you buy when you’re shopping for dyed fiber? Socks (4oz), Shawl (8oz) or Sweater (poundage)?