This spinning fibre was given to me last Wednesday by Pukkieplanta:
(sorry for the early gloomy Autumn Sunday picture)
It’s Dutch Wool Diva Sassy which is a soft South American wool with 20% soy silk. Soy silk does not take up colour well so the end result will have a misty appearance. This is from her Spin Fibre Club February 2016.
I love the colours! Grey, Fliederbush and ice blues. I cannot help but put it on the wheel asap.
I’m planning to make this shawl from it:
It’s Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl
This particular one is already mine and I wear it a lot. It was made by Ribbels and is actually her first handspun. That’s pretty special and she noticed that she doesn’t wear it so she was willing to sell it to someone who’ll wear it and love it. I gave my first handspun away and have always regretted it. So I really enjoy wearing it. I’m wearing it today.
It’s a triangle shawl and this is significant for colour handling when spinning. Sara Bradberry has some really good pictures on her site which explain:
pic by Sarah Bradberry
pic by Sarah Bradberry
This shows that the first couple of rows of the project will be shorter than the later ones. I am going to build this into the spinning project because I would like a shawl that has some colours at the top but long rows of the same colour at the bottom. Just like my shawl by Ribbels has, with its distinguishable darker green rows at the bottom.
Unbraided it turns out my fibre is one sequence of four colours:
(still 8 o’clock on a Sunday morning)
I’ll be spinning a 2-ply. If I split the roving in two, 50 grams for each single, I could do fractal spinning:
(look, somebody turned on the lights)
On the top is one single going through the four colours once. On the bottom the second single going through the colours twice.
I don’t want a gradient shawl though, not one single going through the four colours. I want the colours to repeat at least once. And I can’t just divide them up evenly because the triangle shawl has longer rows on the bottom then at the top.
For that one single going through the colours I will not make every colour the same length. Here you see me trying things out for one single, in a small blurry picture: 25 grams in 4 colours on the left + 25 grams in 2 x 4 colours on the right:
Below is my eventual preparation. On the top is the fibre for one single. This will be the main colour transition and it will have shorter repeats on one side and longer on the other.
The ball on the top right is 25 grams, it has one knot. The middle one is 16 grams, it has two knots. The top right one is 8 grams and has three knots. They all transition through the colours once. The knots tell me which one to spin first.
(aw a little bit of sunshine!)
On the bottom is the 50 grams for the second single. It transitions through the colours pretty fast. Although the ones on the left are a bit heavier than the ones on the right and will have longer repeats.
That card with the coloured sheep is a holiday card from Spectre. With it came 2 kilos of amazing salt! I thrive on salt, as you know, with my ridiculously low blood pressure, and good salt really is as valuable as coffee or pearls to me. Talk about a loved souvenir 😀
So that’s my day today, as we have the first cold and dark Autumn day: spinning some soft fibre in great colours and having funny sheep greetings in all the colours and having salt and coffee and a warm shawl around my neck.