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.
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!