Friday, March 04, 2011

crocus skal cowl

A few weeks ago, I was invited to become a moderator for the We Love North American Alpaca Group on Ravelry. Being that ILNAA ~it was hard to say no.

A few days ago, the group started a March- Spin- to- Knit- Along. The plan is to spin your alpaca, or a blend thereof, and knit it into a cowl during the month of March. The pattern is designed by Ami Madison. The group plans to discuss their on going projects throughout the month, and address any success or failure. The idea here is collective knowledge...learning some tips and/or skills from each other in order to add to an individuals existing repertoire.

Personally, the SKAL is a good exercise for me. It is helping me to plan for a project..working it from the fiber to finish. There are many times when a spinner can select, from her stash, the perfect yarn for a project. For this exercise, I have selected a pattern and I am attempting to spin a certain type of yarn to be used for it.

The fiber I am using is composed from "seconds"..the shorter and second best bits of a fleece.

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The seconds were dyed with Jacquard Acid dyes. When I started to sample, I blended directly on the hand cards, but have since moved on to blending one color at a time and taking small bits of each color to spin sequentially. Tufts of "short cuts" or felted slubs were allowed to remain in my singles. The singles were plied and the color runs were sometimes equal with slight overlap and some barber-pole stripes.

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When I selected my colors, I had visions of purple and yellow crocus on a spring green lawn...and when I look at my results..well...not so much! I had not planned on so much pooling ...

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However, the cowl..(so far)..does have a redeeming factor...it is made with Alpaca! And the texture of the yarn is slubby and soft. The seconds have behaved as I hoped they would, and I have a nice lumpy lopi yarn of approx 9-12 wpi. There is success with the yarn, but not the dye. So, there is always the choice- or possibility- of another trip to the dye pot.

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What say you? Shall I toss it into another cauldron?

7 comments:

elizabeth said...

Ah, I can't see the pictures, so I can't offer an opinion about dyeing, but I'm sure it's lovely and alpaca-soft!

cyndy said...

er, sry...should be fixed now.

The Gingerbread House7 said...

It looks like you have done quite a bit already, but if your not satisfied..take it to the Pond (rip it)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Love those colors. I can't tell what the problem is so my vote is to keep going. :)

Sharon said...

I really like it as it is, but you obviously had a vision of how you wanted it to turn out!

Kath said...

It does look squishably soft... maybe give the colours time to grow on you?

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

What a perfect spot of spring color in the last hours of winter! It looks wonderful!

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