Riot of Color: Sampled

You all might remember my riot of color–the overdyed Fat Cat Knits SW Merino fiber that I was pondering on the bobbin. My guild-mates suggested a mach-up with some solid color; I was originally planning a fractal; and the color of the singles kept surprising me. So, I promised some sampling.

Here is the original fiber, the fiber divided, and a glimpse of bobbin #1:


And here are some of the samples:


I’ll talk more about these on this weekend’s podcast. Here, you can see from left to right:

  • 2-ply with a dark/black merino
  • singles
  • 2-ply, Bracelot ply (plied onto itself from end to end)
  • 3-ply chain ply
  • 3-ply traditional

My favorite so far is the chain ply or the singles. Both maintain more of the solid color runs from the fiber. But, I can see arguments for any of these depending on the project. All were spun on my Ladybug at a 16:1 ratio and plied at a 14:1 ratio. I had 6oz of this fiber to begin with, so I am happy to be using some of it for this experiment, which tells me a lot about how variegated fiber colorways behave on the wheel under different conditions. If you are interested in hearing more about this experiment (and lots of other WIPs and FOs), come by the podcast this weekend 🙂


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8 Responses to Riot of Color: Sampled

  1. metaspencer says:

    Great samples! I’d love to see a video (hint hint) overview of how you did this!

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  2. Tasha says:

    I like the chain ply best as far as how the colors play out. A fun experiment!


  3. Oooh, nice! I like the chain ply best as well, although that traditional 3-ply is not without its charms too!


  4. that is so neat that you tried all those different ways to spin it up! They look amazing.


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