The Kromski Spinning Wheel Owners group on Ravelry just had our 2015 One Color Swap so I thought I’d show the package I received!
As a little background, a couple times a year we have a swap in our group. Participants are paired up and a dollar limit (or suggestion as my partner Kelly said) is set. Then you stalk (on Ravelry) your partner and build a swap package for them. Our “One Color” swap means you the items you send must all (or mostly) be one of your partner’s three favorite colors.
Kelly chose purple for me and created a splendid package. My non-fiber goodies included chocolate covered fruit bits, a small notebook, a row counter that secures over your finger and a hand-sewn project bag. Also incredibly exciting was a small Turkish spindle made on a 3D printer. I’d been thinking about getting one to take on vacation so my wood ones wouldn’t warp or get damaged and now I have one!
Onto the fiber! The sold purple braid is Polwarth from Yarn Geek Fibers. It has a low micron count for Polwarth – something like 22 microns. The batt was carded by my partner to mix some merino and sparkle. I love the pop of teal!
What I Started With
Remember that other batt I carded in the class I took? With purple, blue and a little sparkle? Since the colors and fibers were pretty uniform in this batt I tore the batt into strips to spin. I then pulled it apart to pre-draft, grabbing all the colors. I spun it, and the solid, medium purple merino from LunaBudKnits, as individual singles.
I spun enough of the purple for the plying and then plied them together. After plying I ended up with 200 yards of sport/dk weight-ish yarn in 2.6 ounces. Not much. So I went ahead and spun the rest of the purple and plied it on itself. Ended up with 100 yards in 0.9 ounces.
I actually like the colors and the minimalist sparkle but am a bit disappointed with the yardage. Even putting them together its only 300 yards which is enough for a small cowl but not a shawl as I originally planned. So I may spin up something else to go with it. Black maybe?
When you see the picture the title will make sense. The colors remind me of Halloween and not exactly in a good way.
What I Started With
Remember that batt I carded in the class I took? With orange, purple and gray? Usually I tear batts into strips to spin, but since some of the colors would then only be in one strip I instead folded it over (lengthwise). I then pulled it apart to pre-draft, grabbing all the colors. I spun it, and the solid, dark purple merino from LunaBudKnits, as individual singles.
After plying I ended up 364 yards of sport weight-ish yarn in 4.1 ounces. I got 15 wraps per inch after washing the skein but that doesn’t seem quiet right. Odd. Overall, I’m not crazy about the ending color. In particular the gray/purple sections. The adding of gray was probably not the best choice in retrospect. I’m not sure what, if anything, I’m going to make with it. On to the next class batt!
For a bit of a break from knitting and sweater stress (one sleeve and a bit to go) let’s talk about fiber prepping. Specifically, experimenting with a drum carder. Part 1 will be about some BFL lamb locks and Part 2 about some silk noil, BFL, faux cashmere and sparkle.
My friend Patty has a sweet drum carder. It’s a Fancy Kitty with a fine or extra fine cloth, I think. At any rate, she was kind enough to let me borrow it for some experimenting. Previously I’ve used a drum carder to mix colors of but never to mix fibers.
I had a couple PhatFiber samples just begging to be carded. The first are some hand dyed BFL lamb locks from Fiber Fancy (who unfortunately closed down about 9 months ago). Here they are before their trip through the carder. I did pull and tease them apart a bit first.
Some of the locks immediately wrapped around the licker in (that’s the little drum). Also, despite the small sample I had I let the fibers cover the entire width of the larger drum. This made the carded fiber very thin and hard to remove from the drum. Would have been smarter if I had fed it onto only half the drum.
Once I finally got the fiber off the drum, I ran it through one more time. The end result was a fluffy, semi-textured batt. I was happy with how the colors blended in the end.
Have you ever tried drum carding? What would you card if you had a carder?