Jillian’s Spinning: Spinning Variegated Top in a Progression
I’m on a deadline and playing with fiber is one of my favorite ways to procrastinate. Come look at what I played with this weekend.
I love variegated top and I love playing with the colors in variegated top. This weekend I took a variegated top from Abstract Fiber (50% Merino/ 50% Silk) and made it into a progressive colorway. Instead of the color pattern being ABCABCABC I took it apart and make it AAACCCBBB. Sometimes I do this as a gradient (dark to light) sometimes I just do it in an order I like.
I took this lovely stuff with a repeating color pattern.
Split it in two and divided one half by color.
Yes, I did cut the top with scissors. I can get cleaner breaks between colors and it goes faster with scissors. The spinning police did not come and take my wheels.
I arranged the colors in the order I wanted them that day.
Sometimes if there is a color I don’t like I just take it out. I do that all of the time with Noro yarns, there is a turquoise in Noro that I just don’t like (shhhh). That grass green kind of bugs me in this colorway, I didn’t take it out completely, but I took out half.
Then I spun. I spun low twist singles and felted them. I practiced spinning from the fold with fibers of very different staple lengths with the cut up colors. The intact half I just spun sliding longdraw.
Here’s what I got:
I like them both and I really like them together. My brain is cranking on an idea that will show both to their advantage in knitting, Hmmmmm.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com