Friday, October 13, 2006

Well, that didn't turn out like I planned...

My professional dyeing career may be a bit thwarted by the UGLY roving I dyed yesterday. Then again, the Twisted Sisters say to wait until it's spun up or plied with something to decide. And so I give you yesterday's attempt:

I was trying to make a variegated blue roving by the hot pour method, but the colors split. I like it, though, and will use it for sure. The second one was trying to be from the other side of the color wheel but, as usual, my yellow was tainted by everything else and there is no yellow there, just too much green. What is the thing with green? It takes over the world!

Tonight or tomorrow I will spin up a sample of these two plied together with a long color repeat of the autumn colorway and a random spin of the blues. Then I will knit a swatch. If I hate it, back I will go to the dye pots, bummer! ;0)

On the other hand, I have started swatching for the FIL sweater:

Gauge too big on what I think are 6's. WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH NEEDLE MEASURING THINGS???!?!? I can never find one. I have bought and bought. They must be shacking up with the tape measures and giving birth to...tapestry needles?

So I switched to what I think is a 5 midway and will continue on. I am not the most careful swatcher in the world (needless to say, at this point!). I may very well go buy some stuff at Michael's tomorrow...

And lastly, something I dearly love:

These are destined to be Navajo plied for socks. There's not enough here for a whole pair so I will have to combine it with something else. But I love this colorway (dyed by me, much better!) and would like to recreate it or something like it another time. My favorites, red-orange, turquose, cobalt blue.

Photos of samples tomorrow. Have a lovely evening!


Anonymous Maia said...

I really like both rovings. I have seen many beautiful rovings make ugly yarn and many ugly rovings make beautiful yarn.

10:22 PM  
Blogger margene said...

The roving really doesn't look bad. I'll bet it spins up beautifully.

5:52 AM  
Blogger sopranospinner said...

Thanks for the votes of confidence! I'm just disappointed that it didn't turn out ANYTHING like what I was going for. It did not help that I mismeasured for one color and just decided to leave it in!!

The funny thing is, it really might all combine well with the blues. As long as the red never meetw the green, I will probably be happy (and it won't). Pictures later!

9:14 AM  
Blogger joyfossil said...

I personally think they are just beautiful. I don't know if this is a no-no in the world of spinning but, what if you took the same fiber, just a new piece and died it with the yellows you were hoping for in the second roving and mixed it in - I mean you can pull whatever you want when you spin, right? Maybe you can do yellow with orange or something, just don't add blue which will undoubtably turn yellows green. Is that cheating?

Oh, heck, if it comes out that you don't like it, you can always give it to me. I like everything you do.

And remember that Noro yarn you gave me... is it so ugly that it is beautiful? Is it ugly? Is it beautiful? Sometimes things that are ugly have their own beauty. Be Zen about your spinning... ha ha.

eckses and ohhhhs,

3:48 PM  
Blogger sopranospinner said...

One of the really fun things about spinning is there really are no no-no's at all. Anything goes as long as it holds together. I could certainly put some yellow in at intervals and since that is SUCH a good idea, I probably will, so there. And I might skilfully remove the nasty brown!

Thanks for the suggestions!

5:26 PM  

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