I’m making yarn!

hand spun, Navajo plied and hand dyed Corriedale yarn

This is 35 yards of hand spindled, Navajo plied (3 ply) Corriedale yarn dyed in the microwave with Kool-Aid. I used a packet of orange and a generous pinch of blue something. It came out a nice slightly variegated pumpkin color, just what I was aiming for. This was a test dye job for the big hank below.

Merino plied with Corriedale on a yarn swift

Above is Merino plied with Corriedale on the yarn swift. It’s about 250 yards if I did my math correctly, enough to make something . . . The resulting yarn is soft like Merino but has a pleasing firmness to it because of the Corrie. I don’t know much about yarn so I’ll have to figure out what to make with this and dye it accordingly.

The very lovely BFL is still on the bobbins waiting to be plied. I am making myself finish some projects with deadlines first before I do any more with that but I like to touch it every so often.

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  1. Cindy’s avatar

    Honestly Nikki, I’m really not sure how I’m doing it either! It must be virtual osmosis from Annie!

    Annie, I WISH it was deadline knitting, it’s not. It’s deadline VBS posters/etc and teacher gifts. Not that I don’t want to do those things but they require more brain.

  2. Nikki LaCrosse’s avatar

    I have no idea how you go about doing all of these things with yarn, but it is fascinating. Looks like you have a knack for it.

  3. annie’s avatar

    ahhhh.. the dreaded deadline. nothing makes me want to spin more than deadline knitting.

    you’re doing a fabulous job!

  4. Frogginette’s avatar

    This is great, I’m so impressed that you’re making your own yarn!!

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