Over the weekend, I finished spinning one of the very first braids of wool that I ever dyed. My first round at Yarn School (see HarveyvilleProject.com) in 2013, I didn’t really know what I was doing in the Dye Lab. I have a degree in art, so I get color and I get saturation, and I get how to put colors together in a combination. I dyed my fiber decently that year, but I was never overly excited about spinning it all because my color combinations just weren’t me. Not yarn that I would knit with once I spun it. Since then, I have learned a whole lot about wool and how different varieties and blends take color and what it will look like when it is spun since that is usually completely different than what it looks like before it is spun. And then once it is knit up, it looks completely different again!
One of the groups that I am in on Ravelry is for people who own Kromski spinning wheels. This month we had a spin along where the theme was What Was I Thinking. We could choose a braid, a batt, a breed – something that was in our stash that didn’t seem to belong, that we didn’t know what the hell we were thinking to have it sitting there. I chose a braid that I loving called Ugh, It’s a Deere! I think you can see why.
So, I started spinning right away and then got horribly bored with it. These are NOT my colors. But I had to get this fiber done before I could let myself move on to something that is more appealing.
And so, this was the weekend to finish. By last night, I was ready to take the single off the bobbin and wind it into a plying ball while watching The Last Alaskans. And then while watching Game of Thrones (why? why do I watch this show??), I was plying up the yarn.
Into the bath it went before bed and then out on the deck to dry out. This morning when I woke up, it was to discover that Ugh, It’s a Deere! has been transformed into To Green Bay and Back. It is poofy and soft and lovely. And I still hate the colors. I texted a photo to my sister-in-law to see if she wants it and she snatched at it like she had never seen yarn before.
And so, in July when we are in the same general vicinity it will go to a loving home. Which will be not mine. And now, it is out of my stash and I can move on to something more fabulous. I wonder what will be next? I only have about 15 pounds of spinning fiber waiting for me!