Friday, February 26, 2016

Experiment Time

I love, love, love experimenting. To just get a bunch of stuff and start putting it together in different ways to see what happens is heaven to me. Whether it's cooking or knitting or spinning or anything else, that's what I love. But I don't get as much time for it as I used to or as much as I would like to. 

My new spinning project, though, is just that. I've had an idea in my head for a while now to do a riff on tartan patterning with spun yarn. I did a few samples several years ago when this first came to mind and loved how they came out but I just never got back to it. 

Now it's my Year of Completion so it's time to get stuck in and experiment. I have a lot of fiber I've been collecting that are appropriate colors for tartan patterning but I also had some fun tropical colors I found the other day in a local shop so I thought I'd use that for my first experiment. 
I don't know if you can see the purple at the bottom, that's serving as my deep color. They are fun and cheery colors, perfect for this past stormy, cold week, and I know I'll make at least one person happy (Michelle) with it no matter how it turns out!

It's going to end up being about a DK weight, I think, and should make a fun scarf or shawlette. Not sure yet what the yardage will be but it should be enough for at least that. 

Most of the fiber I'm using is what I found at Mary Lynn's Yarn Garden in downtown Bloomington and it is spinning like a dream. They sell it by the ounce so you can get as much or as little as you want.