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1. November 2010 09:36
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday: Hand Dyed Merino Roving... Jobo-Colors-Style!

1. November 2010 09:36 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I've been working on a couple of commissioned projects this month... trying to get things finished for the Holidays... and this is one of them.  The plan is to make a pair of Lined mittens out of handspun yarn for a young woman who wears a lot of blue jeans and a black winter coat. 

Dyed Fiber

This is some super soft Merino Top (one of my favorites to work with, and also to dye with)  that I hand painted with some Jacquard Acid Dyes.  Basically I soaked the natural colored wool and then splashed it sparsely with shades of Black, Gunmetal Grey and bits of Teal Blue, then wrapped in Plastic Wrap and Nuked in the Microwave until set.  The places where the Black blended into the cream fiber created some nice brownish areas and the grays and blues are fading nicely from medium to light shades. 

fiber nests two

It might look in the photos like there is a lot of brown, but it's actually not as visible as all of that... the Grays, Blues and Blacks dominate quite nicely.  These little "Nests" of predrafted fiber will become a nice bouncy, round, worsted weight 3-ply yarn to even out the colors and blend the shades together further.  The light pearly blues and pale grays that appear sporadically in the mix remind me of the shimmering shades in Mother of Pearl... I think these mittens will require buttons of the mother-of-pearl variety to be incorporated into the design :) 

fiber nests

Maybe next week's Yarn Candy will be the finished yarn?  One can only hope...

24. August 2010 08:46
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These ain't the "Pitts"...

24. August 2010 08:46 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Black Mr Pitt both

 

Finally... the "Mr Pitt" socks are compete!  Despite being dreadfully boring to knit because of the drab color and my general impatience of knitting non-stop ribbing... they have turned out quite nice in the end :)

The pattern itself is quite well written, and straightforward.  The end result is a nice, plain, stretchy, simple pair of men's socks... and it's available as a free pattern on Ravelry!

Mr. Pitt's Socks (aka Dad Socks) by Kaitlyn Wong

When I was reviewing my Christmas gift-buying list this year, I decided to make a simple pair of socks for my husband's uncle and cousin... but of course, while I know the shoe size of feet in question I don't have ready access to them to do specific measurements of key areas. (i.e. ankle and foot circumference)

Sooo... ribbing makes a good compromise, and will fit a variety of foot circumferences (I hope) with ease.  Generally I make mostly women's socks, and can eyeball them, but men's socks look ginormous to me.  Too tall, skinny long feet, and wide heels.  The photos show the socks on ladies size 7-9 blockers, because that's all I have around these days, but they would certainly fit on a men's size 9-10 blocker also with all of the stretchiness.

 

Black Mr Pitt Heel

 

Because it is so difficult to see the design with the black yarn (Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed - in "Soot") I changed the photos to "Sepia" toned.  You can see the heel detail nicely in this photo.  -->

I plan on rounding out the gift with some trinket of some sort and a tin of homemade peanut brittle (which my husband seems to inhale whenever I make it... )

 

 

Black Mr Pitt

27. April 2010 07:46
by Jobo
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Carding Your Own Long Color Gradients

27. April 2010 07:46 by Jobo | 4 Comments

I wanted a yarn with a long... looooooonnnnng color gradient....

After being inspired by a shawl made by another spinner... ColorlessBlue... in particular her "Simi" which can be seen on her blog (click here) I thought I would set out to learn to make such yarn.  Hers in particular faded gloriously from light pink through to Black, and was spun from a braid of hand dyed fiber.

I had about 4 ounces of Polwarth Roving, handpainted in shades of Dark Navy (almost black) and screaming lime green leftover from another spinning adventure (Caterpillar 3-ply... more here)

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After some reading... I set out to try and tear this pile of poofy goodness into 6 inch chunks and try to separate them out by color.  I wanted to put all the darkest bits at one end of the table and then gradually cross over to the lightest greens.  Some of the chunks were clearly destined for one pile or the other, but the pieces where there was a little of each color were a little harder to predict.  I decided to just set those aside and see what they looked like once carded.

 

semi worsted blending

 

Then I set out to card the chunks.  I wanted to make a laceweight yarn, hopefully a single, so I wanted my fiber arrangement to be at best "worsted" and the very least "semi-worsted."  I took each chunk and gently blended it with my Ashford hand cards (basically by using them more like a hackle for blending, than for carding this already sublime top)  and I removed the wool from the cards by rolling it from one side to the other (rather than from top to bottom) so that I ended up with a handful of fiber with all of the little wooly strands running in one direction.  Each handful doesn't seem to take very long to card, but there were close to a hundred of them...

 

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gradient carded You might notice... a lot of the black and dark bits are missing... I got a little overzealous and starting spinning before taking too many photos.  I would estimate that maybe 1/3 of the wool was "dark" and the remaining 2/3 was various shades of green, mostly lighter greens. The transition from Black to Green gave lots of Forest Green shades, a bunch of greenish blues, and even some gray shades.  I carded and carded, and then I attenuated the little tufts of wool into nests for easy spinning.  I spent the better part of 2 hours just carding and attenuating.  This fiber is really nice to work with though... so I didn't mind much!  I really like the feeling of carding my own fiber, manipulating it, holding it in my hands.  And I really like spinning from hand carded fiber, so the process is totally worth it.

 

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I set right out to work... and finished one bobbin of singles!  This one started with Grey and Black, and the part you see here is where the Black fades to medium/seafoam green.  The next section to spin goes from that green on the left side through to an almost highlighter/neon greenish yellow.  Currently, I have skeined the singles, and am ready to soak them and whack them tonight.  They are thin, but hopefully will hold together alright once they've been shocked (hot and then cold water) and felted a little (whacked on the banister while wet)

I am really excited to see what this will look like knit up.  I am thinking of doing a triangle shaped lace shawl, perhaps something like Aeolian, especially since I have some shiny Hematite Black beads that would look fab with the black section.

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