Do me a favor, folks. No matter how much I beg, plead, and cry please don’t let me get me another bobbin. I have four bobbins and in typical spinner fashion, I feel I need about 300 more. The hard, fast rule in my home is that the fourth bobbin is ONLY for plying so it is off limits for singles. Otherwise, I would be in one heck of a pickle and my life would turn into a really hard logic puzzle. And I really suck at logic puzzles. LOL
What you see on the fat bobbin is purple Super Wash Merino in a lovely purple with sparkle. This is half of a two ounce roving. I like the fact that one half of the braid was dyed one color and the other half was dyed another. This would make it easy to spin all together and then Andean ply if I had chosen. But I will ply this as I normally do with the second half of the roving on bobbin #2.
Peeking through is the sparkly Wintery Batt I spun last month. I haven’t taken it off the bobbin because I wanted to add the green, sparkly Romney and do one big wind off onto the niddy noddy so I could full the singles all at once. However, since I am not in the mood to deal with excessive sparkle, it might be a few more months before I spin the green batt.
I spun the second color of the purple roving onto this bobbin. It’s a strange color and I’m not 100% sure that it goes with the purple. The best description is flesh colored which makes it sound rather macabre, but I’m going to ply it with the purple anyway. I tried to think of other colors to ply it with, but nothing really stood out in my mind. I’ll let you know how it comes out in the end. I’m hoping to be delightfully surprised.
Recently, I started dying fiber. This was my first attempt and though I was a bit skeptical while it soaked in the dye, I think it came out alright. I do have a problem with adding too much of an ingredient when I cook and it seems I did the same thing for my first round of dyeing. But I’m alright with that.
Originally, I had intended to make a bright rainbow gradient. I should have known better. The colors were muddied and incredibly dark in the pan, but I like the way it came out. I accidentally made chocolate brown and black but I don’t care. I like it. I’ll get better the more dyeing I do. (As a side note, there was not one bit of dye on my fingers when I was done spinning. Yeah me for setting the colors correctly!) My plans are to ply this with the second half of the same roving once I clean off the other bobbins to make a really dark autumn to winter gradient yarn.
What fiber is on your bobbins? Do you think you might need more bobbins or do you feel you have enough? Let me know in the comments below.
Have an excellent day!