A Kelp Forest

(Spinning project update!)

Here is the carded version of the wool I dyed recently.

The Hand-Carded Fiber

The Hand-Carded Fiber

I’m so glad it carded up well; for a little while there I thought it would turn out to be sort of an electrified skunk color. Although I’m at a loss as to what to call it. It’s too turquoise to be brown, but it’s too brown to be turquoise. I finally came up with “Kelp Forest,” because it’s got the blue of the water and the browny green of the kelp—but does that strike you as a pretty name? It makes me think of long slimy things wrapping around my ankles.

The fiber spun into rather neat yarn.

Finished Skein

Finished Skein

I decided to cable ply this one, since one of the ladies at the guild told me how to do it. It’s a lot easier than it sounded. You spin two singles together, then another two together, then you spin the two doubled singles together. Simple, no? I spun this on my lighter drop spindle. Top whorl for the singles, then bottom whorl for the plying. It took me only two days to spin this, although I don’t know how much fiber there was. I should weigh the yarn and see what it comes to. The yardage came up to exactly 30 yards.

If you’re wondering about the carded red showing around the green-brown fluffy stuff, you’ll get to see more of that soon.

Here’s a close up on the cabling. I didn’t give it quite enough twist, so in some areas the cable is a bit indistinct. And, you know, this is such a pretty yarn I’m going to have to change the name. Hmm. What else does it remind me of. Deep water . . . sort of a green . . . aha! Loch Ness Monster. Yarn, I here by dub you “Nessie.”

Close Up

Close Up

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