First I spun all three fibers and plied them on themselves, 2-ply. The fiber is all from my stash dyed by Woolgatherings.
Then I combined colors while drafting and made a 2-ply.
First colors 1 and 2:
Then colors 1 and 3:
Colors 2 and 3:
And, of course, all three colors draft together:
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.
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?
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