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All About Color!!!


First of all, let me apologize to all the non-spinners.  I used to think that spinning blog posts were so very boring!  If you think that, it’s ok.  You might want to just cruise through and look at the photos though, because you can’t buy yarn like this!!!

Warning:  Grab a cup of coffee.  This is going to be a long one!

So…lets back up.  I just spent a week in beautiful Lake Tahoe at SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat).  It was fabulous and I learned a ton.  Today I’m going to tell you about my first three day class.

I took ABC’s of Color from Deb Menz.  I didn’t know it when I signed up, but this was the last time she was teaching.  She has a different job now.

It was a blast.  There were three basic things we needed for class.  A color wheel.

Lots of merino roving in scads of colors!

And a drum carder.

Instead of trying to tell you what a drum carder does, let me show you.  I took these four colors…

…and cranked them through the drum carder in varying amounts.  I ended up with this.

Big deal, right?  Well, after it was spun, it looked like this.

I just love the color variations.  It’s like Noro yarn, only better.

For our next project, we were given a bag of ten pieces of roving in two hues, the purple being the main color.  We blended them together in various ways, and I ended up with this set.

All the same roving, but blended differently.

By the end of the second day, we got to start picking out our own colors and choosing roving.  (Deb had given us kits for the first ones.)  My first combo was a split complimentary.

Our assignment was to choose twelve different colors of roving.  I blended mine into eight different batts and numbered them to get a gradient.

The first four have the lime green as the main color, and the other four have the teal as the main color.  I ended up with this.

I wound it this morning and ended up with these two balls.

I’m not sure if this is going to work or not.  Unfortunately, I won’t know until I’ve spent a ton of hours knitting!

I’ve spent the last year trying to convince myself I didn’t need a drum carder.  Resistance is futile.  I ordered one yesterday.  Merry Christmas to me!

I’ll be back soon to show you the grand finale yarn I produced.  I’m so beyond thrilled with it!  It’s wound and I have a pattern picked out, so maybe in a few days, I can have a bunch of it knit up!

I’m sorry if I bored you beyond belief.  There is more furniture painting going on around here too, so hopefully I’ll have that to show soon!


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

15 thoughts on “All About Color!!!

  1. I think we owe thanks to Johannes Itten and his color wheel don’t you agree?

  2. I must say, as someone who’s a quilter and does little with yarn, I do love your spinning posts. It is so neat to see the colors you start with and what color of yarn they transform into—it is amazing!! I’m very much interested in seeing the process of start to finish from the fibers into the yarn and how it happens! Thanks so much for sharing–can’t wait to see what these beautiful yarns turn into!

  3. Hello, I love reading your updates even though I dont do anything with yarn. I’m a quilter and also have very, very dry hands. I would love to do something with yarn, but I fear my skin couldn’t handle it. May I ask what you use to moisturize? It would be wonderful to learn to knit, as I love hand projects.

  4. Wow! I’m totally impressed and can hardly wait to see the knitted projects! This post has put me in the mood to spin! Thank you for sharing.
    Vanessa in Oklahoma

  5. I love your spinning posts. Wish there were more of them. Please keep it up.

  6. As someone who knows nothing about spinning or any of that jargon, I understood numbering to get a gradient! There’s math in spinning! Ha! Also, your gradient totally worked, those colors were fabulous.

  7. Not boring… fascinating! Enjoy and keep sharing! 🙂

  8. I loved this post! Not boring at all.

  9. Your yarn is gorgeous! I am anxious to see what the knitted fabric looks like. I am a spinner, too. Have you tried weaving? I bought a little rigid heddle loom, and as soon as I clear the decks of my holiday knitting, I want to do some dyeing and color blending to make yarns to use on my little loom. So much fun, but so time consuming.

  10. WOW! I so want to learn to spin…and now card….maybe sleep can be totally removed from my daily needs….lol

  11. So envious of the long class with Deb Menz. I took a half-day one with her last year, and it was fantastic! Great blog post; I think I’m going to have to try some of these experiments myself. 🙂

  12. All I have to say is I would really love to attend such a retreat. Your post is informative and not boring at all as you write very well. Don’t you just love when you convince yourself “finally” to make a purchase of something you knew you needed all along (?) lol!
    Pam…oh, are you planning to sell some of your gorgeous Noro (ish) yarn…I don’t mind helping you discover how beautiful it looks made up!!!

  13. where did u get the color wheel? I followed the link above but didn’t see it

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