while organizing yarn for columbus (as in, what i would knit) i had a bunch of balls of handspun on the floor. before i knew it, i had cast on for this hat thursday and finished it up on friday. i’ve been wearing it ever since ;)
it is an accumulation of skeins spun for and in deb menz’s retreat section that i took at SOAR. for homework, we had to spin a big ball of roving we chose. mine is this yarn, now plied back on itself. red and bright bright pink (my current favorite color combo) with some reddish purples and burnt orange/brown shades.
in the actual session, we were instructed to spin different colors of yarn (specified by deb) and then ply them with our original yarn. having an art degree, i’m rather aware of color theory. i took this class because i knew deb was wilder than i am and would force me to do things that i wouldn’t normally do. i must admit, i love yarn plied back on itself because it is so subtle and rich and i love the way it knits up. the class was a safe way for me to stretch a bit more.
from bottom to top:
1 – plied with a complementary color across the color wheel – a roving with lots of green in it
2 – plied with a analogous color next to it on the color wheel – burnt orange, dark red, brown
3 – plied with another roving with one color in common – yellowish, picking up on the orange colors in my original
4 – plied with something random – blue/brown – the original something random went to meghan because although i can live with all of these plied together, that one was the exact blue that mixed with my magenta made my eyeballs vibrate. too much.
and has this class influenced me much? a bit. i did some breaking up the rovings and plying together in the last batch of yarn before all the craft fairs. some i liked a lot, some i didn’t like much. that’s my problem with this method… i always like what is plied back on itself. risky business, all of it… but i have to admit and I LOVE MY NEW HAT.
and i plan to keep playing. on a side note, i know i wouldn’t have liked the hat all the yellow color, but in combo it looks fine. maybe i should make up some yarns with one colorway plied with several others… hmmm…