29. November 2010 09:37
I call this yarn... "You don't win friends with salad." If you know where this is from - you get 2 points!
I had originally intended this to be a worsted weight single... but you know how things never go exactly as planned! I neglected to take photos of the roving, but it was basically green with splotches of brown, teal blue and yellow. I thought that since I was planning on doing a single, I would gently card it into some fluffy rolags to blend the colors up a bit. Apparently my fat single skills are lacking, because when I held it up to a strand of Malabrigo (which was my sample to match) I felt my single was too uneven.
Now quite honestly, I am hard on myself when it comes to this stuff. I bet that if I had just knit it up, the finished product would have been fine. Knitting seems to cover up a multitude of sins, and even out yarns that aren't exactly consistant. But I got the idea that I could ply the fat single back on itself and get a bulky weight yarn. I had to weigh my options... skinny-cable mittens with light worsted weight yarn, or big-fat-chunky cable mittens. I plied about a 3 foot section back on itself and hummed and hawed.
I guess you know which look won out ;)
This skein overfilled my Ashford Jumbo bobbins. In fact, I had to do a chunk of it on a regular bobbin, because I had maxxed out the air space around the big bobbin and the darn thing wouldn't turn anymore. The roving was somewhere between 5.5 and 6 ounces, and the yarn is somewhere around 5 - 6 Wraps per Inch. It looks large like caterpillars, as big as candycanes, the same diameter as a basic ballpoint pen... but it is very lofty and squishable. I am knitting it on size 5 mm needles, and so far it is looking good. The smaller needles for the yarn are making a very nice dense, thick fabric - which should be great for warm winter mittens.
I wasn't sure if I would like the color of this when it was completed... I worried that the browns would dull the yarn down too much. My original intent in dyeing this was to make it christmas green, kelly green, really really green. When it didn't turn out as such, I thought maybe I'd spin it and re-dye it after that, but I kind of like it the way it is? Reminds me of salad.... *wink wink*