Wednesday, April 23, 2008

This is not a success story!

I love a bowlful of fiber, no matter what kind. Last year in June, I dyed 16oz of Corriedale, in four different colors. This blue was one of them. There's 2oz pre-drafted fiber in this bowl. Which turned into this...




... 2 oz of spun fiber salad. I think my drive band was too long. I've shortened it, because my wheel didn't want to take in the fiber I fed it. I made two bobbins, each with 1oz of this fiber, thinking I could turn these over twisted singles into cabled yarn. Somehow it didn't turn out that way. I think I have to read the instructions again, which can be found in the last Spin.Off magazine. It was not my intention to make cables yarn in the beginning, and it didn't work out anyway. I'm really sad that I lost this fiber, now I'm left with another couple of ounces. What will I do with that? I liked the different shades of blue a lot. So sad.

This has nothing to do with the above. A few weeks ago I saw those cute little project cubes on Amy's blog (scroll down a bit),

and treated myself to this little cute cube, bought at Amy's shop. As soon as I saw them on her blog, I knew the green/orange one was going to be mine. I've stuffed sock yarn for three pairs of socks in it.

18 comments:

Kim said...

so sad. Can you dye more and ply with the newer dyed colors?

Or, you could spin up the rest and have a giveaway!

Love the cube, I am going to check them out.

Hege said...

I'm so sorry you didn't get it right.
The colors are so beautiful!

KnitMoka said...

Monika!

I'm sorry you aren't happy with the yarn. I think it is gorgeous and lovely just not what you were shooting for.... Sorry you are dissapointed, but it truely is amazing yarn.

Blessings,
Monika
knitmoka

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

That is disappointing - the blues are so pretty. Maybe the yarn salad can become a needle felting project? The project bag is so cute - I can see why you snapped up that one!

myboringblog said...

At least you still have the pretty blue fiber. Maybe you can find a clear glass vase and display the mess? That cube is cute! I really need to get reacquainted with my sewing machine one of these days. Sigh. You have the pretty stuff to show! :-)

sgeddes said...

I like your new little project cube. It's very cute.\

Have you tried seeting the twist in the yarn with a washing? You could try simmering it in water on the stove. One of my books mentions doing this.

Hannahknit said...

Oh no, that doesn't look very good! And the color where just so lovely.

The cube looks very pretty though.

Elemmaciltur said...

Sorry about the fibre....

I think I should be looking at replacing my drive-band, too...the original hemp seems to have stretched quite a bit already.

Susanne said...

Huch, wie lange war ich nicht mehr hier? Wow, wenn ich bei Dir schaue und lese, habe ich immer das Gefühl, elendig lange nicht da gewesen zu sein.
Vielen Dank zunächst für das Interview mit Sandi Wiseheart.
Die Socken sind klasse, meine Erfahrung mit Einstrickmustern in Socken kennst Du ja bereits, fand ich nicht so toll, deshalb Hut ab vor Deiner Leistung. Und hervorheben möchte ich auch die mehrfarbige Häkelei - das sieht ja toll aus. Was Du alles ausprobierst, tsetse.
Du weißt, ich bewundere Dich und Deine Schaffenskraft, liebe Monika. Ich komm hier irgendwie nie aus dem Staunen raus.
Tut mir aber auch leid, dass Du mit Deinen Spinnergebnissen nun nicht so zufrieden bist. Aber das wird schon, KOpf hoch, wenn nicht bei diesem, dann beim nächsten Garn. Du kriegst das doch immer so toll hin!
Ganz liebe Grüße
Susanne

Bea said...

It's not completely lost! I mean you could keep it in a jar somewhere, to look at(. I would!!
It looks amazing, the colors are so beautiful!! I'm soory it didn't turn out the way you hoped for though..

Thanks for commenting on my hexagon blanket!

hakucho said...

So sorry...so pretty. You have to find a use for it....????

Maybe you could make a collage out of it ;)

T-Mom said...

Monika, Monkia--think of it as *novelty* yarn! ;-D

Kris said...

Yikes, I think I would save it for a felting project. Or maybe hair on a mermaid doll. A mermaid with blue twisted hair would be cute :).

Beverly said...

Oooh, how sad. The blues are gorgeous.

Holly said...

Owwww!

If you have the patience, sit before the wheel, and respin the singles in the opposite direction. It will take a lot of the kink out.

You could then get a normal 2-ply.

You might just want to try plying these two together. You would get a highly twisted yarn...but that blue is just so wonderful

If you want cabled yarn, you are going to need four plys to start - spinning two - two plys, then spinning those four together....

pat said...

Yarn is never wasted! You may not like what you created, but it has a use. There are some really fun and interesting things you can do with it.

Yes, you need some directions, and if I could be there with you, you would be doing fine. It's a learning curve, for sure, and you seem to have some of right. Just finishing a bit.

Let me know if you want any help.

Gloria Patre said...

Don't be too quick to toss that fiber salad!! I see an opportunity for novelty yarn here! Have you considered plying it in the other direction at a 90 degree angle over some factory yarn in a dark navy??? Get out your creative thinking cap girl! I just know this gorgeous fiber CAN be saved!! :D

Violiknit said...

I really like that yarn! I'd probably wear it as a chic designer scarf! Very cute project cube.