This week I sampled yarn for Kirsten Kapur’s beautiful Saranac Shawl.

Saranac shawl

Saranac shawl

First I spun all three fibers and plied them on themselves, 2-ply. The fiber is all from my stash dyed by Woolgatherings.


All three colors plied on themselves.

All three colors plied on themselves. Colors (L to R) 1, 2 and 3.

Then I combined colors while drafting and made a 2-ply.

First colors 1 and 2:

color 1+2 yarn

Colors 1 and 2

Then colors 1 and 3:

Colors 1 and 3

Colors 1 and 3

Colors 2 and 3:

Colors 2 and 3

Colors 2 and 3

And, of course, all three colors draft together:

All 3 colors

All 3 colors

I don’t much like any of the colors by themselves for this project. Of all of the combined colorways, I think I like colors 2 and 3 together. Well, what do you think? Do any of these yarns speak to you? Next week I’ll be knitting swatches and picking the colors for the shawl.


Happy Camper Fiber Retreat - all color

Happy Camper Fiber Retreat – September 19-21



Does all of this color-talk and sample get your spinning motor running? This is exactly what we’re going to do at this year’s Happy Camper Fiber Retreat - all color, all weekend!

Dyeing, carding and spinning color. Combining colors and creating your own colors. Three days in the Michigan woods with Beth Smith, Rita Petteys and me. There will be shopping, silliness and prizes. And spinning, lots of spinning. Won’t you come play?

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4 Responses to Jillian’s Spinning: My Saranac Shawl Yarn and a Weekend Spinning Only Color

  1. Word Lily says:

    I like 1 and 3 and 2 and 3. But 2 and 3 is maybe more homogenous, since 2 doesn’t have intense colors that are absent from 3? And homogenous is likely good for lace.

  2. Roxificent says:

    I agree, the colors of 2 and 3 combined look great.

  3. Kate says:

    I like 1 by itself and 2 and 3 together. I love seeing experiments like these – it can be so surprising how colors look together.

  4. Karrie says:

    I like & 3 meaning either 1or 2 mixed with number three. I think the blue& green make the other colours sing. All three together isn’t bad but you loose a bit of the “pop”.

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