Today’s project is brought to you by..

…my obsession with yarn that looks like other stuff. I don’t know why, but I have a thing for yarn that looks like food (not just food, stuff from nature gets me too, but I am super into food yarns.) Like this bacon yarn, or this watermelon yarn. That last is particularly relevant, because I had seen it, and loved it, but there was a huge waiting list at the time. (now it’s like a couple of weeks, but I really am more of an instant gratification kind of girl.) However, it still stuck in my mind, somewhere in the back with all the other stuff I want (it’s a long list) until I came across something on this awesome trip that I took with Liz, which I really will eventually blog about. I fell in love many times over in the Mad Color Fiber Arts booth, she had spinning fiber in Blue Tang colors, and some that looked like Neapolitan ice cream. (I was only saved from buying that by my hatred of brown. I was willing to try to get over it, but I knew in my heart that I would never wear anything I made from it.) However, my heart was utterly, utterly stolen when I found this.

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Watermelon colors, in the only thing I love more than self-striping. a GRADIENT. And it’s smooshy-soft superwash merino wool too! The colors are just perfectly saturated, they glow with some kind of chromatic radiance, and I am passionately in love with them. However, they are more than just pretty colors. Now the sheer brilliance of Heather (I’m pretty sure that’s the name of the lady who runs the Mad Color show.) is revealed. She dyes her rovings so that if you tear them exactly in half, and spin each half in the same order, you should be able to ply them together and have them match up. Clever! (She’s a smart lady, that Heather.) If you hate chain plying, you can still get a lovely gradient yarn that way. However, if you’re not afraid to chain ply, other possibilities open up before you. Now I love chain plying. I don’t know why, I find it very satisfying and fun! Only on my spindle though, I tried it once on my wheel and did not like it at all.

So anyway, I already had socks on the brain, and this fiber is superwash, so I became consumed with the idea of having my own special watermelon socks!! I would tear it in half, and chain ply each half, getting two small skeins that each had the watermelon gradient. I was convinced that this idea is awesome. So I tore the fiber in half, stopping, of course, for a shot of the halves arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

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Here’s a few progress shots..

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And there’s my first skein, cuddling with the fiber for the other one. I cannot wait to be done with this, so I can start knitting up my first pair of handspun socks!!

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This may end up being the coolest spinning project I’ve done so far!

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17 Comments

  1. That is so pretty! Your socks will be awesome.
    I like chain plying with a spindle, too. Haven’t ever spun or plied on a wheel. Let me know how it goes!
    And don’t say no to brown forever. I didn’t brown or green for the longest time, and suddenly, I do. You never know!

    • That’s true! I did recently buy a brown and maroon patterned dress at a thrift store because it was too cute to pass up. maybe my brown-hating days will eventually come to an end!

  2. projectstash

    I’m so excited to see more … the colors are gorgeous and I can only imagine how beautiful your watermelon socks are going to be.

    • I am so excited about them it’s unreal. I want them on my feet right now!!

  3. this looks amazing!!! ahh you are making me want to try spinning

    • you should try it.. *enable enable* :P

  4. needleandspindle

    These socks will be exquisite but very precious and fragile. Even though they are super wash, they are also merino which is fine rather than sturdy. Chain plying will preserve your color changes but is not strong. So think of these as socks for a queen, beware of hiking boots and long walks in these socks and order the litter bearers that day!

    • I’ve been spinning these with much higher twist than normal for that very reason! I know these socks will be more for curling up by the fire and drinking tea than actually walking, and I’m fine with that :P

  5. I literally gasped out loud. Ah-mazing!

    • Thank you!! I finished the singles for the second skein last night. Now to ply!

  6. OMG – those Bacon Stripe socks are so adorable! I don’t know whether to thank you for turning me onto this dyer — or be mad! I’m supposed to be on a yarn diet!

    • Haha I know! I showed them to my boyfriend and he was like “I need dis. Get me dis. Also all the other stripy ones too.” I guess he likes self-striping sock yarn. Who knew?

  7. Your wonderful pictures of this awesome fiber is making me want to get out my wheel. I have neglected it for too long. Have fun knitting with the delightful yarn you spun.

    • Get out that wheel! *enableenable* seriously though, spinning has been the best thing I’ve ever done for my stress levels.

  8. Wow! Fruity and fresh! I have never tried spinning but it looks like great fun and a colourful creative outlet. Is it very expensive to buy a wheel and is it hard to learn?
    Best wishes Christina in Sweden. :)

  9. Love the colour palette! Featured your post in my blog here, http://alittletypical.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/week-16-i-love-watermelon/

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