A little bit of color

I love color. During the spring and the summer I feel like wearing colorful clothing, or knitting, or spinning. Days like these make me fully appreciate the fact that I love to spin, knit and to be creative with color and fiber and other stuff.

Since my last post I’ve talked to my mom about what she wanted and she has chosen the knotty gloves. Ever since I knit mine she’s fallen in love with them and she even tried to persuade me to give her mine.. 😛 Well not really, but she really does love them. So what better way to knit her a handspun and handdyed version of her own.

When I showed her a few possibilities (I carded small bits and spun them to show her the difference it makes when you either card the colors all together or when you keep them separate. She told me she loved the way the colors looked and that she’d like the colors to stay separate. Meanwhile I carded them in three different groups.

BFL for mom's birthday present

There’s the reds, the blues and the mixed colors I really can’t tear apart. I’m thinking of making a navajo plied fingering weight yarn to match the weight of the malabrigo I used on my own gloves. I don’t remember using all of the malabrigo so I’m not sure if the 100 grams is too much for a small project like that. I might make her gloves a bit longer or maybe I’ll have to make the yarn a bit heavier. I’ll see what I’ll do when I get there but for now I’m loving the carding process.

BFL for mom's birthday present

I love how the carding opens up the locks and the whole thing becomes all fuzzy and poofy. It seemed like it was just a little bit of yarn but it’s actually quite a lot. I’m still planning to card everything first and to spin them up later. I’m not sure how to get the gloves to match but that too will be a thing for later.

 

BFL for mom's birthday present

I wonder how the colors will come out once it’s all spun up, as you can see in the foreground the locks seem much more saturated than the rolags. Though this could also be caused by opening up the fiber vs the condensed locks. Maybe the spinning will open it up a bit.

BFL for mom's birthday present

One of the things that seem to cheer me up most about this whole carding process is the ‘happy little accidents’ you seem to get, like this one rolag with the gradient. I’ll keep you posted on the progress. To my shame, for now I’ve only been working on this project and have neglected the others a bit.

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