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Monday, April 4

Cosmic Panda and Malachite

4.4.16 Posted by Vaire ,

It was so disappointing to work so hard for a whole month and still produce such an uneven yarn, that this weekend I decided to just spin and not care about slubs, and chose my fibre prep accordingly. These two yarns are the results.

Cosmic Panda

The first yarn is made from two sets of black and white rolags from Yarnshine on Etsy called "Cosmic Panda". I bought them partly for the awesome name and partly because I loved the concept of contrasting rolags with a little bit of opposite colour added to each.

Cosmic Panda

I spun them as they were meant to be spun — white rolags to one bobbin, black to another, then plied them into a soft and fluffy 2-ply. There was more of the white single left when the black ran out, so the yarn got an all white tail.

Cosmic Panda

Since the fibre was prepped as rolags, the resulting yarn will not be perfectly smooth, I just let the slubs happen. When I was finished plying, I didn't even take the yarn off the bobbin, but directly proceeded to spin the next two sets of rolags.

Malachite

This time I went off the script. These rolags are also from Yarnshine and part of a set called "Malarkey" meant for fractal spinning. One half of the fibre is in a batt with a long colour progression from white to green, and the other half is in rolags with short colour progression.

Malachite

I ordered two sets and am planning to spin a long white to green gradient from the two batts. The rolags I spun white-green-green-white to make the colour repeats a bit longer than the original suggestion white-green-white-green would make.

Malachite

At first I thought that I'd chain ply the single to preserve the colours, but then I decided to spiral ply it using black sewing thread as the second single. The plying felt a lot slower than the usual plying, but since I didn't keep track of time, who knows? I certainly had to pay more attention while plying than I usually have to.

Malachite

It came out rather nice, I think. It reminds me of the green swirls of malachite, so that's what I named the yarn. I finished so late that I haven't taken this one off he bobbin yet either. I better go finish both yarns, because now I am very curious to see how they really look.