You read the title and figured I was doing more Peep work, right? Nope. Inspired by an article in Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot ("Let's Strip," by Leslie Caruso, Winter 2003/2004), I decided to play with a lovely dyed top Sheila sent me. "Play" in the erector set sense: No artistic abandon, no leaping in to revel. No, sir! I was focussed, scientific. I kept notes. I referred to books.
A psychologist might ask what problems I was running away from...
At any rate, I had this lovely length of dyed top from Sheila.
I think it might be 50% mohair because it is kind of slick and surprisingly heavy. The roving was pretty compacted but not felted. I split the roving in half lengthwise. I took one half of it and separated it into color groupings: blue, tan, pink, and green.
I took the remaining half and split in crosswise into two pieces. One of these I tore into narrow strips; the other was left as is.
Then I spun these into
fine textured singles, which were then plied on themselves.
Here's the result (top to bottom): green, blue, pink, tan, and short bursts of all colors. Isn't that interesting? I didn't know WHAT to expect, frankly. I haven't spun the part of the roving that should produce longer strips of color yet.
What did I learn?
- Because the colors were pretty much all the same value and pretty much equal lengths, the yarn that included all colors equally is very bland. I think I'd like more contrast. It is interesting to me that the "all color" hank seems mostly blue.
- Because the staple length was long, I pulled lots of neighboring colors into the color groups. This makes the yarns relate strongly, but also makes them perhaps a bit too much like each other. The singles are more distinctive, as you (or any sane person) would well predict.
- I don't enjoy spinning mohair.
- Because the color repeats were pretty short, the yarn is very heathery.
- I'll try spinning the long-color-repeat section of roving and then Navaho-plying it on itself (don't I sound sophisticated? like I've ever done it before...)
I'm glad I spent so much time
goofing off analyzing this roving. I have a better idea of what to look for when caught up in fiber lust.